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Link: • Antoine Gouan to Carl Linnaeus, 13 August 1759 n.s.
Dated 13 augusti, anni 1759.. 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
sends Linnaeus rare and new insects that he has not seen described in Linnaeus’s Species animalium [Gouan means Systema naturae, 10th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.
; the 10th edition was published in two volumes, “Animalia” 1758 and “Vegetabilia” 1759. The third volume, “Mineralia” was never published]. They are listed:

1-2. Hemerobius
3. Hister
4. Scarabaeus
5. Cicada
6. Cerambyx tristis
7. An animal unique of its kind
8. Scarabaeus
9. Tenebrio
10-11. Cerambyx
12. Buprestis
13. Cerambyx
14. Scarabaeus
15. Dermestes
16. Larva
17. Cicada
18. A unique insect
19. Leptura.

Unfortunately, Gouan has an incomplete edition of Linnaeus’s Species animalium. The editor has stated in the page to the reader that many trivial synonyms and species have been omitted, in order that the volume would not be too big. Gouan asks Linnaeus to send him a complete edition. He also wishes to receive rare insects and seeds of rare plants. The new genera like Attelabus, Necydalis, Thrips, Panorpa, Raphidia, Cynips, Thermes, etc., cannot be found in France. Three days ago a student of medicine showed Gouan three marvellous insects, i.e., Hemerobius, Mutilla and an insect related to the Chrysomela or rather the Cerambyx. They are described. The latter requires a new genus.

[fol.143r.] A list by Linnaeus’s own hand.


a. original holograph (LS, V, 142-143). [1] [2] [3]