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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L0064 • Johan Frederik Gronovius to Carl Linnaeus, 8 January 1736 n.s.
Dated 8 Jan. 1736.. Sent from Leiden (Netherlands) to Amsterdam (Netherlands). Written in Latin.

Vir Doctissime

Hodie mane accepi literas vestras sibi inclusas, ex quibus observationes in typum probe intellexi; ad quas citius respondissem, nisi coactus fuissem ad alia negotia.

Synonyma generica debere poni vulgaribus litteris merito censes, ea tamen conditione ut subsequens nomen auctoris cursive ponatur.

Quod autem primam literam partium fructificationis majori littera desideras, nullibi hic locorum moris est in voce quae literis capitalibus producitur, praeterea lineae deberent longius produci,[a][a] : <imp>[pro- ex prd
corr. Gronovius]
quod haec pagina quidem permitteret, verum in plurimis sequentibus non posset procedere.

RivinumRivinus, August Quirinus
(1652-1723). German. Professor of
medicine and botany at Leipzig.
Constructed a plant classification
system based on petals.
in Canna citatum quoque vides.[1]

Numeri generum ad latera ulterius removeri nequeunt, nisi velis ut omnes lineae decurtentur, quod fere impossibile ipse judicabis.

Vale et fave

Tuo J[oanni] F[rederico] Gronovio.

Quomodo se res habet cum m[anuscripti]s ArtediArtedi, Peter (1705-1735).
Swedish. Ichtyologist. Close friend of
Linnaeus.
, quae spero in manus Nobilissimi Patroni venisse brevi me auditurum?[2]

Vale.

Lugd[uni] Bat[avorum] 8 Jan[uarii] 1736.

[address] Mijn Heer / Mijn Heer Carolus Linnaeus M[edicinae] D[octor] ten huyse de Wele[del]geb[oren] H[ee]r en M[ijnhee]r George CliffordClifford, George (1685-1760).
Dutch. Banker and merchant in Amsterdam,
Linnaeus’s benefactor. Owner of
Hartecamp and its botanical garden
outside Haarlem. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
J[uris] U[triusque] D[octor] te Amsterdam

upSUMMARY

Johan Frederik Gronovius comments upon the suggestions put forward by Linnaeus regarding the lettertypes to be used in the Genera plantarum Gronovius approves of Linnaeus’s proposal to print the generic synonyms in Roman, provided that the name of the author following the synonym be printed in italic. However, he rejects Linnaeus’s suggestion to print the first letter of the partes fructificationis (which will be rendered in capital letters) in a larger type; in other words he does not want to differentiate between “small cap” and “large cap”, as this is not usually done in Holland. According to Gronovius, it is impossible to shift the numbers attached to the genera to the margins, as this would cause the lines to be shortened. In the postscript, Gronovius asks his friend about Petrus Artedi’s manuscripts which he hopes have been acquired by Linnaeus’s patron George Clifford.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (LS, V, 389). [1] [2]

upTEXTUAL NOTES

a.
<imp>[pro- ex prd corr. Gronovius]

upEXPLANATORY NOTES

1.
2.
The manuscripts containing Petrus Artedi’s Ichthyologia sive opera omnia de piscibusArtedi, Peter Ichthyologia
sive opera omnia de piscibus, scilicet:
Bibliotheca ichthyologica. Philosophia
ichthyologica. Genera piscium. Synonymia
specierum. Descriptiones specierum.
Omnia in hoc genere perfectiora, quam
antea ulla. Posthuma vindicavit,
recognovit, coaptavit & edidit
Carolus Linnaeus
(Leiden 1738).
were bought by George Clifford and subsequently given to Linnaeus in order to be published. See Blunt, The Compleat NaturalistArtedi, Peter , 105. See also Gronovius’s letter to Linnaeus of 18 January 1736 n.s.Letter L0062.