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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Domenico Vandelli, 3 February 1759 n.s.
Dated 3. Februarii. 1759. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to (). Written in Latin.


Unexpectedly, Linnaeus has received one of Domenico Vandelli’sVandelli, Domenico (1735-1816).
Italian. Physician and botanist. Left
for Portugal in 1764, where he was a
professor at the university of Coimbra.
He was the founder of Ajuda botanical
garden in Lisboa and of the Coimbra
botanical garden, where he was also the
first director (1773-1791).
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
works, Dissertationes tres: de Aponi thermis:Vandelli, Domenico
Dissertationes tres: de Aponi
thermis: de nonnullis insectis
terrestribus & zoophytis marinis,
& de vermium terrae reproductione
atque taenia canis
(Padua, 1758).
, and when he had seen the plates, he put aside other work and read it all through with great interest. He praises Vandelli for his investigations.

Linnaeus comments especially on some of the species presented, Holothuria, Uva marina and a Cochlea. Linnaeus had treated more than 4, 000 marine animals in the Systema naturae but these are new to him. He is pleased that Vandelli has drawn attention to a number of mistakes demonstrated some mistakes made by Albrecht von HallerHaller, Albrecht von
(1708-1777). Swiss. Naturalist and
poet, professor of medicine, botany,
anatomy and surgery at Göttingen
1736-1753. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
on the insensitivity of the periosteum and sinews [Linnaeus refers to the rejection of Haller’s “De partibus corporis humani sensilibus et irritabilibus”Haller, Albrecht von "De
partibus corporis humani sensilibus et
irritabilibus", Commentarii
societatis regiae scientiarum
Gottingensis ad annum 1752
Bd 2, 114-158.
made by Vandelli in the third section of his Tractatus de thermis Agri-PataviniVandelli, Domenico Tractatus
de thermis Agri-Patavini. Accessit
bibliotheca hydrographica, &
apologia contra cel: Hallerum

(Padua, 1760).
, and by René-Antoine Ferchault de ReaumurRéaumur, René-Antoine
Ferchault de
(1683-1757). French.
Physicist and naturalist. His works
cover geometry, technology, mineralogy,
ornithology. His collections of natural
history objects, mineralogy etc. were
given to the Académie des
sciences after his death. Correspondent
of Linnaeus.
on redintegratio lubricorum.

Linnaeus is publishing the tenth edition of the Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
. Part 1 is already ready, part 2 is being printed, and he is eager to receive from Vandelli information on Holothuria and Uva marina so that he can publish it in an appendix to part 3 [the 10th edition was published in two volumes, “Animalia” 1758 and “Vegetabilia” 1759. The third volume, “Mineralia” was never published].

Linnaeus asks for instructions on the best way to send his works to Vandelli, so that he can show the esteem in which he holds Vandelli.


1. Florae lusitanicae et brasiliensis specimen (1788), p. 73-74 .