George EdwardsEdwards, George (1693-1773).
British. Ornithologist and artist.
Visited the Netherlands, France and
Scandinavia. Best known for his
History of birds (1747-1751).
Correspondent of Linnaeus. has received Linnaeusís compliments through the agency of their mutual friend John EllisísEllis, John (1711-1776).
British. Merchant and naturalist, expert
on zoophytes. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
letter [this might refer to the correspondence between Ellis and Linnaeus, which started in in December 1756, and where Edwards is first mentioned in a letter from Ellis to Linnaeus, 31 May 1757Letter L1272]. Edwards is very pleased to know that Linnaeus is still pursuing his studies of nature, a field where he is now the cynosure of every naturalist in Europe. Edwards wishes him good luck and success. Edwards, knowing Linnaeusís thirst for the earliest insight of what is going forward in natural history, has now sent him 75 prints of a work not yet published [Edwards refers to his forthcoming Gleanings of natural historyEdwards, George Gleanings of
natural history, exhibiting figures of
quadrupeds, birds, insects, plants ,
3 vol. ( London, 1758-1764). ]. Edwards can do this in full confidence they will not be used by Linnaeus to his disadvantage. Next year the whole work will be published with prints in colour. In the meantime, Edwards hopes that these black prints will be acceptable to Linnaeus.