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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L1983 • Johannes Burman to Carl Linnaeus, 27 December 1755 n.s.
Dated 1755 die 27 decembr.. Sent from Amsterdam (Netherlands) to (). Written in Latin.

upSUMMARY

Johannes BurmanBurman, Johannes (1707-1779).
Dutch. Botanist, professor of medicine
in Amsterdam. Close friend of Linnaeus.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sends nine more plates of Charles PlumierísPlumier, 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 [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).
] for Linnaeus to examine. Linnaeus has answered him about the two Aster species, which Linnaeus classifies among the Tussilago. Burman, however, wants further information about the flowers.

The second fascicle 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).
is ready, and he will dedicate it to Linnaeus. In one or two months it will be sent to the printers.

Burman has examined seeds from India, and he will forward a large quantity of them to Linnaeus with the first ship so that Linnaeus will have them just in time for sowing. He wants Linnaeus to send Siberian or similar seeds in return. If Linnaeus wants bulbs from the Cape of Good Hope, Burman can send them in the spring.

Burman sends a flower of a Narcissus from the Cape of Good Hope. The plant has flowered for six weeks with more than twenty flowers.

Burman describes more plants flowering in his garden. One of them, depicted by Johann Christian CunoCuno, Johann Christian
(1708-1790). German. Poet, botanist and
merchant. He made a fortune in the West
Indies and settled in Holland where he
kept a botanical garden. The later years
of his life were spent in Weingarten,
near Durlach in Germany. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
, he will have engraved on copper to be inserted in the third tome of Commelin, 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]. The illustration of Arctotheca is not yet ready.

Burman wishes to see the dissertation Somnus plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Somnus
plantarum
, diss., resp. P. Bremer
(Uppsala [1755]).
. Burman and his family are well, and he wishes Linnaeus and his family happiness for the new and coming years.

The letter was written on his sonís [Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeusís pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
] 22nd birthday.

[2004-07-11]

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. (LS, II, 373-374). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1943), vol. II:2, p. 71-72   p.71  p.72.