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2023300th Anniversary of the Birth of Peter Anich - Set

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  • 25.02.2023
About 300th Anniversary of the Birth of Peter Anich

The main work of the Tyrolean "peasant cartographer" is the "Atlas Tyrolensis" whose precision and richness of detail are striking.

Peter Anich was born in 1723 as the son of a peasant family in Oberperfuss, Tyrol. He could barely read and write, but because of his great interest in astronomy, he was able to convince the Innsbruck Jesuit priest Ignaz von Weinhart to teach him mathematics and astronomy in 1751.

In 1756, Peter Anich created a celestial globe driven by clockwork, and subsequently also a terrestrial globe. He worked on the "Atlas Tyrolensis" from 1760 onwards, for which he made his own measurements with instruments he had developed himself. The data he collected on numerous old village names and other toponyms are of great historical relevance.

When Peter Anich passed away in 1766, his village companion and helper Blasius Hueber completed the work. The map on a scale of 1:103:800 was published in 1774 as a copperplate engraving with 20 sheets.