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Link: • Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d’Argenville to Carl Linnaeus, 22 June 1753 n.s.
Dated 22 die junii anno 1753. Sent from Paris (France) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d’ArgenvilleDezallier d’Argenville,
French. Naturalist and garden designer.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has wanted to establish a relation of friendship and an exchange of letters with Linnaeus for many years, but the distance between them has caused a delay, although the decision was already taken. Bernard de JussieuJussieu, Bernard de
(1699-1777). French. Professor of
botany, brother of Antoine and Joseph de
Jussieu. Demonstrator at the Jardin des
plantes. Sébastien Vaillant’s
successor. Uncle of Antoine Laurent de
Jussieu. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had informed Dezallier d’Argenville of the contents of a letter from Linnaeus, where Linnaeus had asked for information about Dezallier d’Argenville and for permission to cite Dezallier d’Argenville work “Conchyliologia” [Dezallier d’Argenville refers to, L’histoire naturelle éclaircie dans deux de ses parties principales, la lithologie et la conchyliologieDezallier d’Argenville,
naturelle éclaircie dans deux de
ses parties principales, la lithologie
et la conchyliologie [...] dont l'une
traite des pierres et l'autre des
coquillages. Ouvrage dans lequel on
trouve une nouvelle méthode &
une notice critique des principaux
auteurs qui ont écrit sur ces
matiéres. Enrichi de figures
dessinées d'après
(Paris, 1742).
] in [his forthcoming edition of, Systema naturae]. Dezallier d’Argenville gives this, and he cannot tell how glad he is.

When Carl Gustaf TessinTessin, Carl Gustaf
(1695-1770). Swedish. Count, important
politician and patron of science and
art. He supported Swedish artists and
scientists and collected art, books and
natural history objects. He assisted
Linnaeus’s career in many ways. Married
to Lovisa Ulrica Tessin. Uncle to
Fredrik Sparre. Correspondent of
was in Paris, d’Angerville had seen him, and Tessin’s nephew Fredrik SparreSparre, Fredrik (1731-1803).
Swedish. Count. Councillor. Nephew to
Carl Gustaf Tessin. Correspondent of
, who Tessin had advised to visit Dezallier d’Argenville, have given Dezallier d’Argenville this opportunity to contact Linnaeus and to express his high esteem. They had even added that Linnaeus had used Dezallier d’Argenville’s method of distributing the cochleae into their different classes when Linnaeus arranged the Royal collection [Dezallier d’Argenville refers to the natural history cabinets at the royal court] in Stockholm.

Dezallier d’Argenville’s work had been well received by the scholars, but they had suggested a slight change in the distribution of the cylindrical cochleae. Dezallier d’Argenville had accepted this. He describes the change and asks Linnaeus to change the arrangement of the Royal collection accordingly.

Dezallier d’Argenville is busy with the second volume of the same treatise where the reader will find all kinds fossils and minerals under the title “Oryctologia” [Dezallier d’Argenville refers to, L’histoire naturelle éclaircie dans une de ses parties principales : l’oryctologieDezallier d’Argenville,
naturelle éclaircie dans une de
ses parties principales : l'oryctologie,
qui traite des terres, des pierres, des
métaux, des minéraux, et
autres fossiles, ouvrage dans lequel on
trouve une nouvelle méthode
latine & françoise de les
diviser & une notice critique des
principaux ouvrages qui ont paru sur ces
matiéres. Enrichi de figures
dessinées d'aprés
(Paris 1755).
]. There will be 25 plates, and Tessin has already got prints of two of these, which he was glad to sign with his name. Dezallier d’Argenville had also given Jussieu a small work containing the enumeration, with instructions to send it to Linnaeus. However, also Tessin had got a copy meant for Linnaeus with a written note on it that it should be handed to Valerius [Johan Gottschalk WalleriusWallerius, Johan Gottschalk
(1709-1785). Swedish. Professor of
chemistry at Uppsala.
] if Linnaeus had already got the former copy.

Dezallier d’Argenville’s collection lacks specimens of four common Swedish fossils. Dezallier d’Argenville mentions them and says that he has asked Tessin for them. Dezallier d’Argenville will reply to any contributions of fossils with similar gifts in return.

Dezallier d’Argenville is very interested in reading Linnaeus’s presentation of the Royal collection [Dezallier d’Argenville refers to Linnaeus’s first published work on the royal collection, Museum S:ae R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici RegisLinnaeus, Carl Museum S:ae
R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis
Suecorum [...] in quo animalia rariora
imprimis et exotica: quadrupedia, aves,
amphibia, pisces, insecta, vermes
describuntur et determinantur, Latine et
Suetice cum iconibus
], and he hopes that a copy of it will reach him when it has been published.

P.S.1. Dezallier d’Argenville adds that the third volume of the Encyclopedia [EncyclopédieAlembert, Jean Le Rond d’ &
Denis Diderot

Encyclopédie, ou Dictionnaire
raisonné des sciences, des arts
et des métiers
, 36 vols.
(Paris 1751-1780)
] will appear soon. He is one of the 24 authors that treat that immense mass of information.

P.S. 2. Dezallier d’Argenville asks if Breynius [Johann PhilipBreyne, Johann Philip
(1680-1764). German/Polish. Zoologist
and physician in Danzig. Son of Jacob
Breyne. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] and Jacob Theodor KleinKlein, Jacob Theodor
(1685-1759). German. Naturalist,
Dresden and Danzig. Director of the
Danziger Naturforscher-Gesellschaft. One
of Linnaeus’s opponents. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
are still alive.


a. original holograph (LS, I, 178-179). [1] [2] [3]