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of his second wife, Elizabeth, nee Koopmanin. (Katherine Rebeschke was his first wife.) Elizabeth was reputed to be one of the most elegant women in Danzig and married Hevelius at the age of 16. After the anthropological work was completed, the coffin was preserved and the documented information about the work was placed inside. The burial place was then covered with gravel, leveled, and topped with the reconstructed marble slab. Only the obituary was left from Jan Hevelius’ grave with the inscription J.H. 1687,28, which can be seen in the collection of a museum.

Examples of original letters or documents from the 17th Century ore surprisingly scarce. Many exist from the 18th Century, but the above example is one of the few that we’ve seen from the period under discussion. It is the title page from the Postal Carriers Regulations of 3 June 1622, covering Danzig to Breslau and to Thorn (Copernicus’ birthplace). From Bud Hennig’s collection; see Danzig Report No. 9 for the entire document.


Danzig Report Vol. 1 - Nr. 71 - April - May - June - 1991, Page 10.

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