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Link: • Antoine Gouan to Carl Linnaeus, 2 September 1758 n.s.
Dated 2a septemb. anno 1758. Sent from Montpellier (France) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Antoine GouanGouan, Antoine (1733-1821).
French. Botanist, Montpellier. Student
under Sauvages. Director of the
botanical garden in 1767, later
professor of botany and medicine.
Although an admirer of Linnaeus he tried
to develop a hybrid of his system of
classification. Correspondent of
praises Linnaeus who has enlightened the world through his classes, genera and species. Linnaeus has reached the goal of nature, something that Jean-Louis Leclerc, comte de BuffonBuffon, Jean-Louis Leclerc, comte de
(1707-1788). French.
, Louis Jean Marie DaubentonDaubenton, Louis Jean Marie
(1716-1800). French. Curator at Jardin
des plantes in Paris. Professor of
mineralogy. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
and others failed to do.

Gouan sends Linnaeus descriptions of animals that he has not found in Linnaeusís Fauna SvecicaLinnaeus, Carl Fauna Svecica
sistens animalia Sveciae regni:
quadrupedia, aves, amphibia, pisces,
insecta, vermes, distributa per classes
& ordines, genera & species. Cum
differentiis specierum, synonymis
autorum, nominibus incolarum, locis
habitationum, descriptionibus
(Stockholm, 1746).
Soulsby no. 1151.

In 1756, at the age of twenty-two, Gouan was burning with a love for nature. He collected plants, insects and all other products of nature. For the present, he is devoting himself to insects; he has 240 species. He believes that Linnaeus will find them exotic. Gouan sends descriptions. Later he will divide the insects into classes and genera.

Gouan promises to send insects to Linnaeus, when the war is over.

Gouan would like to be admitted as member of the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.

There is a list of insects with their descriptions; 1-4 Scarabaeus, 5 Cassida, 6-15 Chrysomela, 16-20 Curculio.

The fish genus Gadus, Peter ArtediísArtedi, Peter (1705-1735).
Swedish. Ichtyologist. Close friend of
, Gen. XVI, is described [fol. 141].


a. original holograph (LS, V, 139-140, 141). [1] [2] [3]