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Link: • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 3 February 1755 n.s.
Dated 3 Febr. 1755. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
has shown Linnaeusís emendations and corrections of the Flora LapponicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Lapponica exhibens plantas per Lapponiam
crescentes, secundum systema sexuale
collectas in itinere [...] Additis
synonymis, & locis natalibus omnium,
descriptionibus & figuris rariorum,
viribus medicatis & oeconomicis
(Amsterdam, 1737).
Soulsby no. 279.
to the typographer Salomon SchoutenSchouten, Salomon (1689?-1750).
Dutch. Bookseller and publisher,
Amsterdam. Linnaeusís publisher. Father
of Petrus Schouten.
. If this work would be printed again in this way it would be more useful to botanists than if only the errors were corrected. Burman thinks that it would be much better if the author himself undertook to do this, and he asks Linnaeus if he knows a Swedish book-seller willing to edit it in Sweden and to buy the plates and the rights for thirty or forty florins.

Burman is grateful for the dissertation Herbarium Amboinense, quod [...] sub praesidio [...] Caroli LinnaeiLinnaeus, Carl Herbarium
Amboinense, quod [...] sub praesidio
[...] Caroli Linnaei
, diss., resp.
O. Stickman (Uppsala [1754]).
, which he has received. Perhaps it would have been more elaborate, like the plants illustrated in Linnaeusís Flora ZeylonicaLinnaeus, Carl Flora
Zeylanica; sistens plantas Indicas
Zeylonae insulae, quae olim 1670-1677,
lectae fuere a Paulo Hermanno [...]
demum post 70 annos ab Augusto
Günthero [...] orbi redditae

(Stockholm,1747). Soulsby no. 420.
, if he had not been so occupied with daily concerns. Burman is now busy editing Het auctuariumBurman, Johannes Het
auctuarium, ofte vermeerdering, op het
Amboinsch kruyd-boek. [...]

(Amsterdam 1755).
and making a general IndexBurman, Johannes Index alter
in omnes tomos herbarii Amboinensis
(Amsterdam 1769).
of six volumes of Rumpfís Herbarium AmboinenseRumpf, Georg Eberhard
Herbarium Amboinense, plurimas
conplectens arbores, fructices, herbas,
plantas terrestres & aquaticas, quae
in Amboina et adjacentibus reperiuntur
insulis [...] Omnia [...] Belgice
conscripsit G. E. Rumphius [...] Nunc
primum in lucem edidit, & in Latinum
sermonem vertit Joannes Burmannus [...]
qui varia adjecit synonyma, suasque
, I-VII (Amsterdam
. The marine plants of the last tome are unfortunately wanting in the dissertation. Burman can send them if Linnaeus does not have any.

As soon as Burman has finished Het auctuariumBurman, Johannes Het
auctuarium, ofte vermeerdering, op het
Amboinsch kruyd-boek. [...]

(Amsterdam 1755).
he will send a copy to Linnaeus, hoping to have works from Linnaeus in return. In particular, Burman wants the Museum S:ae R:ae M:tis Adolphi Friderici Regis SuecorumLinnaeus, 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
. He has recently bought the Museum TessinianumLinnaeus, Carl Museum
Tessinianum, opera illustrissimi comitis
Dom. Car. Gust. Tessin [...]
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 1081.
and he thinks he can find the other dissertations mentioned by Linnaeus in the Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.

Lorenz HeisterísHeister, Lorenz (1683-1758).
German. Anatomist and surgeon,
considered the father of German surgery.
Professor of anatomy and surgery in
1720, of theoretical medicine and botany
at Helmstädt in 1730. He rejected
Linnaeusís sexual system. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
Brunswigia and Sprekelia will be inserted together with other plants in the third tome of the Hortus AmstelodamensisCommelin, Caspar Horti medici
Amstelaedamensis plantae rariores et
(Leiden 1706).
[vol. I was published in 1697, Horti medici Amstelodamensis [...] descriptioCommelin, Jan Horti medici
Amstelodamensis rariorum tam Orientalis
quam Occidentalis Indiae, aliarumque
peregrinarum plantarum, magno studio ac
labore, sumptibus civitatis
Amstelodamensis, longa annorum serie
collectarum, descriptio et icones ad
vivum aeri incisae. Auctore Joanne
Commelino [...] Opus posthumum,
Latinitate donatum, notisque &
observationibus illustratum, a Frederico
Ruyschio [...] & Francisco
, I-II (Amsterdam
, vol. II in 1706; there was no third volume].

Burman encloses seeds of Diosma, which Linnaeus had asked for in his letter. He cannot, however, send ripe seeds of Leourus africana, as they seldom ripen, flowering too late. Burman will send a live plant when summer comes.

Burman asks Linnaeus for plants from his region or from Siberia and dried rare plants for the herbarium. Burman can send duplicate African or other rare plants in return.



a. (LS, II, 362-363). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 60-62   p.60  p.61  p.62.