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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1876 • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 3 February 1755 n.s.
Dated 3 Febr. 1755. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Latin.

Nobilissimo, Doctissimo & Celeberrimo Viro,
D[omino] Carolo Linnaeo, Equiti,
Archiatro & Professori,
S[alutem] D[icit] P[lurimam]
Joannes Burmannus

Typographo Schouten ostendi emendationes tuas Florae Lapponicae, quibus si junctae forent, Vir accuratissime, castigationes tuae, atque hae auctae essent additamentis in istam Floram, dignum sane foret opus, Botanicisque magis exoptatum, quod de novo inprimeretur, quam si solummodo errores, qui irrepserunt, corrigerentur; hinc conatus sum ipsum in meam ducere sententiam, quum putem m[ulto] melius esse, ipsum auctorem suum revidere ac reformare opus, si aliquid addendum vel mutandum aut transponendum habeat, quam ut id ab alio, auctore absente, ederetur; si itaque invenire posses vel haberes Bibliopolam Suecum, qui in ipsa Suecia hanc Floram edere vellet, & a Schouten emeret tabulas ac privilegium, quod per primam editionem sibi vindicavit, tum posses ipse, Vir Eruditissime, pro genio tuo edere hanc elegantissimam, & cuivis Botanico necessariam & amabilem Floram & cuncta mutare & addere, quae tibi obportuna videntur; si hanc tibi ita placeant, omnia instituam, quae favere huic opinioni possunt, sique talis Bibliopola tabulas istas, & cuncta eo pertinentia vellet emere pro trigintis vel quadragintis florenis, res quidem, ut opinor, succederet, atque editio multo splendidior, elegantior & auctior hujus operis foret.

Non dubito, quin mecum eas in eandem sententiam, sique Bibliopola, quem eligis, Suecus huic annuat conditioni, fac me ejus rei quam primum certiorem; curabo, ut ad finem perducatur & procrastinetur, quam cito fieri possit, haec res, ut editio altera, cuivis justo rei Herbariae aestimatori adeo grata & exoptabilis, a te ipso edi denuo possit.

Dissertationem de Herbario Amboinensi laetus & gratus accepi, pro qua summas tibi ago, Vir Laboriosissime, gratias, quaeque mihi quam maxime placet, sique occupationes tuae quotidianae non tam frequentissimae essent, forte elaboratior et amplior fuisset, uti egregie in Flora tua Zeylanica plantas illustrasti Zeylanicas; multum tamen mihi convenit ista dissertatio, quum occupatus sum in edendo Auctuario Herbarii Amboinensis, & in componendo generalem indicem in sex tomos ipsius Herbarii; quem licet non ample extendam, ubi convenit, tamen citabo illustrationes in dissertatione ista a te, Vir perspicacissime, propositas; doleo autem plantas marinas ultimi tomi huic dissertationi non fuisse junctas vel adumbratas, quae si tibi deficiunt, ipsarum copiam tibi facere possem, ut in posterum mecum de iis sententiam tuam communicare v[elles].

Auctuario ipsi viginti octo Tabulae insertae sunt uti reliquae satis eleganter & adcurate depictae, praesertim si rationem habeas & consideres in quanam regione. Quamprimum vero inpressa sunt & absoluta haec, tibi faciam ipsorum copiam, quod tibi, ut spero, justo operum Botanicorum aestimatori haud ingratum erit & acceptum; mihi enim cuncta tua opera cum erudito orbe Botanico communicata & in lucem edita sunt quam gratissima; inprimis vero desidero videre musei regis vestri serenissimi Adolphi Friderici primum tomum, qui nemini nostratum, quos locutus fui, notus est. Musaeum Tessinianum nuper emi reliquaeque in epistola tua memoratae dissertationes Amoenitatibus, ut puto, Academicis inserentur.

An Brunswigiam & Sprenkeliam Heisteri jam vidisti, primam plantam jam ante aliquot annos in Horto nostro Medico florentem observavi; quam etiam delineandam a perito pictore tum curaveram, quaeque cum tribus aliis istius generis tomo Horti Amstelod[amensis] tertio inserentur, nunquam hactenus ab aliquo observatae, uti Cunoniae aliaeque Bulbiferae elegantissimae nunquam descriptae. Desiderata Diosmae semina hisce includam literis, aliaque exoticarum rariorum, sed Leonuri Africanae semina matura mittere nequeo, quum raro maturescant, quia nimis sero floreat, nec ob frigus semina perficiat; si vero ineunte aestate eam vivam vel quaedam alia petas, lubenter ea mittam, quae tibi, Vir excellentissime, usui esse possunt.

Si semina plantarum tuae regionis vel Siberica, aut quae hortulanus in adjecta schedula notavit, curare mihi posses, vel rariores plantas siccatas pro herbario supplendo, res esset mihi quam gratissima; quas in duplo possideo Africanarum vel aliarum exoticarum remittam. Valeas, Vir sum¬me, cum splendida tua familia, ut & ego cum meis nempe cum uxore, filia, & filio unico, qui Leidae operam dat studio Medico, qui omnes te salutamus ac quaevis prospera tibi tuisque exoptamus.

Dabam Amst[elodami] 3 Febr[uarii] 1755. Raptim.

Nobilissimo & Celeberrimo
Viro
D[omino] Carolo Linnaeo, equiti
Archiatro & Professori
Excellentissimo
Holmiam

upSUMMARY

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
plurimarum
(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
observationes
, I-VII (Amsterdam
1741-1755).
. 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
(Stockholm
1754).
. He has recently bought the Museum TessinianumLinnaeus, Carl Museum
Tessinianum, opera illustrissimi comitis
Dom. Car. Gust. Tessin [...]
collectum
(Stockholm 1753). Soulsby
no. 1081.
and he thinks he can find the other dissertations mentioned by Linnaeus in the Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
academicae
, 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
exoticae
(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
Kiggelario
, I-II (Amsterdam
1697-1701).
, 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.

[2004-07-11]

upMANUSCRIPTS

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

upEDITIONS

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