Waxing poetic about comets

The History of Printing Collection is especially rich in its holdings of Renaissance-era pamphlets and treatises about comets. The library has recently acquired two German pamphlets dating from 1665, one printed in Ulm and the other in Dresden. The Ulm pamphlet records observations made in October 1664 by astronomer Christoph Schorer, and the Dresden pamphlet, pictured here, is actually a German-language poem on the comet of December 1664-March 1665 written by Tobias Petermann, with scholarly notes in Latin and German.

To find these pamphlets and others like them, search for “comets” in the library catalog or in the “Books and More” tab on Scholarsearch. Just remember to limit your search to Special Collections materials.

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