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Letter from Italian astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi  

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Letter from the Italian priest, mathematician and astronomer Giuseppe Piazzi, to D. Gaetano, regarding scientific books, instruments and astronomony
Piazzi, Giuseppe
Palermo, Italy
June 22, 1807

Autograph letter signed by Guiseppe Piazzi, in Italian. Two pages, on both sides of single sheet. 24.5x18 cm (9¾x7"), matted & framed with a portrait of Piazzi under double-sides UV protective plexiglass, overall 41.5x49 cm (16½x19¼").

Rare original autograph letter from the Italian astronomer and mathematician Giuseppe Piazzi (1746-1826), a Catholic priest of the Theatine order, who founded an observatory at Palermo in 1790. One of his major accomplishments was the discovery of Ceres, a dwarf planet, the largest member of the asteroid belt. The present letter acknowledges receipt of a case of books, and goes on to describe Ramsden's micrometer (with a small sketch of the instrument within the letter), and mentions the discovery of a "new planet" by Heinrich Olbers (this would be the asteroid Vesta, discovered on March 29, 1807). A fine letter with significant scientific content from a major figure in the history of astronomy.

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