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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1910 • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 15 May 1755 n.s.
Dated 15 Maij 1755. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

upSUMMARY

Johannes Burman is most grateful for having received a letter [this letter has not come down to us] and seeds from Linnaeus. Linnaeus is willing to exchange his duplicates for Burman’s African plants.

Burman is still working on Het auctuariumBurman, Johannes Het
auctuarium, ofte vermeerdering, op het
Amboinsch kruyd-boek. [...]

(Amsterdam 1755).
[Burman refers to his commentary on Georg Eberhard Rumpf’s 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).
]. Printing has already been started, and in a month he thinks the entire work will be finished, which he will send to Linnaeus. Only the plates and a universal index now remain to be printed.

Burman has bought Charles Plumier’sPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
works.
illustrations of American plants, and he has in mind to edit the most rare and elegant ones at his own expense [Burman refers to his editing of the Plantarum Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]Plumier, Charles Plantarum
Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]
continens plantas, quas olim C.
Plumierius [...] detexit, eruitque,
atque in insulis Antillis ipse depinxit.
Has primum in lucem edidit, concinnis
descriptionibus & observationibus,
aeneisque tabulis illustravit J.
Burmannus
(Amsterdam 1755-1760).
]. He wants Linnaeus, who has already seen them at Herman Boerhaave’sBoerhaave, Herman (1668-1738).
Dutch. Professor of medicine, botany and
chemistry at Leiden. One of the most
influential professors of medicine of
the eighteenth century. Linnaeus visited
him during his stay in Holland.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
place, to examine them first.

Linnaeus has not fully understood what Burman meant about the price 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.
. Burman had written thirty instead of three hundred, and now he has persuaded the bookseller Salomon SchoutenSchouten, Salomon (1689?-1750).
Dutch. Bookseller and publisher,
Amsterdam. Linnaeus’s publisher. Father
of Petrus Schouten.
to go down to 200 florins.

Burman gives the prices of some books that Linnaeus had asked for. Burman wants to sell his Thesaurus ZeylanicusBurman, Johannes Rariorum
Africanarum plantarum, ad vivum
delineatarum, iconibus ac
descriptionibus illustratarum decas
prima-[decima]
(Amsterdam
1738-1739).
and the African decades [Burman refers to Rariorum Africanarum plantarum, ad vivum delineatarum, iconibus ac descriptionibus illustratarum decasBurman, Johannes Rariorum
Africanarum plantarum, ad vivum
delineatarum, iconibus ac
descriptionibus illustratarum decas
prima-[decima]
(Amsterdam
1738-1739).
] in Sweden for 12 florins.

[2004-07-11]

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, II, 365-366).

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 62-64   p.62  p.63  p.64.