Lot 222: German scientist, satirist, and Anglophile (1742–1799) known for his studies in experimental physics and posthumously published notebooks. ALS in German, signed "G. C. Lichtenberg," one page, 7 x 10, June 9, 1797. Letter to the writer Friedrich Bouterwerk in Gottingen, returning a book. In part (translated): "If the translator is an Englishman, he is writing his language in a miserable way. I only read approximately a dozen leaves of the preface, but that was enough for me to be convinced of that." In very good condition, with heavy overall foxing and a repaired tear to the lower right (affecting the last two letters of the signature). Lichtenberg was one of the most important satirists of 18th-century Germany, and his biting wit—a characteristic evident in this letter—resulted in several arguments and controversies among his contemporaries. During this period from 1794 until his death in 1799, Lichtenberg published A Detailed Explanation of Hogarth's Engravings, in which he combined his knowledge of satire and interest in British culture to describe the satirical elements of William Hogarth's prints.
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