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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0045 • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 25 October 1735 n.s.
Dated 25 Octob. 1735. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

Doctissimo Viro Domino Carolo Linnaeo
S[alutem] D[icit]
Ioannes Burmannus.

Post paucos dies tres quatuorve tabulae Florae tuae Lapponicae absolutae erunt,[1] quibus inpressis exemplaria illarum quam primum tibi mittam, inter illas sane excellit illa Salicum specierum, quae nitidissima est, reliquas itidem urgebo, tu modo festines illius operis descriptionem, et si ita placet Leidae inpressionem. Pro Domino CliffortioClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeus’s benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
apud alios Bibliopolas hic quaesivi quibus putabam virum illum adhuc destitutum, libros, inter illos inveni hic PluknetiiPlukenet, Leonard (1642-1706).
British. Botanist and physician.
Botanist to Mary II (wife of William
III). Superintendent of Hampton Court.
opera,[2] quae pro triginta possum comparare florenis, quod vile sane pretium, quum mihi ultra quinquaginta constitere, dein Hortum Eysttetensem pro sexaginta florenis,[3] qui mihi ultra septuaginta flor[enis] constitit tandem et floram Norimburgensem[4] pro duabus aut paulo plus florenis quos libros si amator ille Botanices desideret, quum carere iis non possit, si nondum eorum sit compos, hoc sciam, curabo ut habeat, tu modo cogites de BreyniiBreyne, Johann Philip
(1680-1764). German/Polish. Zoologist
and physician in Danzig. Son of Jacob
Breyne. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
primo prodromo,[5] ut in meum usum pro paucis diebus accipiam. Ante aliquot dies litteras a Domino GronovioGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeus’s benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
accepi, quibus me certiorem reddebat de edendo opere tuo egregio, quod complectitur genera et Characteres plantarum[6] et ad illustrandum et intellegendum regnum vegetabile, quod jam inprimitur, multum contribuet.

Tu forte jam cum eo de illo opere locutus fuisti, et non tantum suadeo sed auctor tibi sum et maxime adhortor, ut utile illud et egregium non invideas publico bonum. Inter alia mihi scribebat, quod invenerit quendam Bibliopolam, qui illud velit inprimere sed qui antea certus esse debebat de centum et triginta exemplaribus venditis, quod eum in finem ipse viginti exemplaria addixerat, et quod quinque alii amici triginta exemplaria susceperint, si ego jam cum quibusdam amicis vellem octuaginta exemplaria suscipere, quod tum inpressio posset incipere, et illum in se correctionem suscepturum, quae omnia quantum possum vellem adjuvare, sed nescio an ullum hic inveniam praeter Dominum Cliffortium et forte aliquem Bibliopolam qui numerum illum supplere vellent, aliquem quidem numerum sed octuaginta ego solus exemplaria sumere, nimium foret, praesertim, quum unum quodque exemplar duobus florenis constabit quod sane satis carum, si nullae tabulae adsint, mihi videtur et vix credo duplo majorem fore illum librum, quam bibliothecam et fundamenta Botanica,[7] quae modo quatuordecim venduntur[a][a] : MS1 <constant> venduntur
[added above the line]
stuferis.

Tu quid tibi de eo videatur, mihi rescribas, vel si in urbem appelles me de eo convenias. Indica et quam primum poteris an libri illi supra memorati Domino Cliffortio usui esse possint, emam tum statim.

Salutes eum et illustrem ejus familiam. Interim valeas et res tuas feliciter peragas. Vale iterum.

En tractatum qui ex Italia venit, de humoribus,[8] a D[omino] DorvillioOrville, Jacques-Philippe d’
(1690-1751). Dutch. Professor of
eloquence at Amsterdam. Gave Linnaeus
money to produce the plates for Flora
Lapponica
. Brother of Pierre
d’Orville.
accepi et ut tibi etiam communicarem, velit. Dignus est, qui legatur et perlegatur, et ut audivi Leidae denuo imprimetur cura OosterdijkiiOosterdijk Schacht, Herman
(1679-1744). Dutch. Professor of
medicine, Leiden.
.

Dabam Amst[elaedami] 25 Octob[ris] 1735.

[address] Doctissimo Viro / Dno Carolo Linnaeo / Med Doctori etc. etc. / Hartecampum

upSUMMARY

Within three or four days the tables of the Flora Lapponica will be ready and Johannes Burman will send copies to Linnaeus as soon as possible and he will press for the rest to be finsished. He asks Linnaeus to hurry up with the descriptions and the printing in Leiden. Burman has searched at the bookseller’s for books that George Clifford might need and found Leonard Plukenet’s works, which he could buy cheap, as well as Hortus Eystettensis and Flora Noribergensis. Burman asks Linnaeus not to forget to send him the first volume of Johann Philip Breyne’s Prodromi fascicili rariorum plantarum. Burman some days ago received a letter from Johan Frederik Gronovius about the editing of Linnaeus’s Genera plantarum.

Burman urges and exhorts Linnaeus to publish it. Gronovius has also found a bookseller willing to print it but on the condition that 130 copies could be sold. Gronovius has asked Burman if he, together with some friends, would be able to take 80 copies. The printing could then begin and Gronovius himself would do the proofreading. Burman is willing to help as much as possible but finds it hard to find subscribers; 80 copies will be too much for him alone, especially considering the costs for a book not twice the size of Bibliotheca botanica and Fundamenta botanica.

He asks Linnaeus to answer explaining how he wants to proceed and to specify what books Clifford wants Burman to buy.

P.S. A treatise on humours which arrived from Italy has been given to Burman by Jacques Philippe d’Orville, who wants him to tell Linnaeus about it. It will once more be printed in Leiden by Herman Oosterdijk Schacht.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, II, 343). [1] [2]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 37-38   p.37  p.38.

upTEXTUAL NOTES

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upEXPLANATORY NOTES

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This book might be Michelotti, De separatione fluidorum in corpore animaliMichelotti, Pietro Antonio De
separatione fluidorum in corpore
animali, dissertatio
physico-mechanico-medica
(Venice
1721).
. There is no bibliographical evidence of it being reprinted in Leiden.