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Link: • Marco Giuseppo Cornaro (Cornelius) to Carl Linnaeus, 2 February 1761 n.s.
Dated 1761 d. 2. Februarii. Sent from Venezia (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Marco Giuseppo Cornaro (Cornelius)Cornaro (Cornelius), Marco Giuseppo
(1727-1779). Italian. Bishop of
Torcello in 1759 (Venice), bishop of
Vicenza in 1767.
thanks Linnaeus for a letter that had arrived unexpectedly and that had praised Cornaro in a way that he does not feel worthy of [this letter has not come down to us]. Cornaro does not know how to show his gratitude. For the moment, he just feels proud that his interest in botany has made Linnaeus so complimentory towards him. For many years, Cornaro has regarded Linnaeus as his tutor and he uses Linnaeusís works in his studies.

Linnaeus has asked about a poem, and Cornaro has to admit a misunderstanding. He had begun to write a major poem in Italian, dealing in a philosophical way with the marriage of plants, and he had read it to friends. Because of that, and without asking Cornaro, Pietro ArduinoArduino, Pietro (1728-1805).
Italian. Professor of economy, Padua.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had mentioned in the preface of a botanical work that Cornaro had written such a poem, and many had been misled. Cornaro does not know if and when he might finish the poem, since he has more important things to do, but if he manages to do so, and it is not printed, he will arrange that Linnaeus receives a copy of the text.

Cornaro is ready to send Linnaeus some specimens of interest from his small garden. Domenico VandelliVandelli, 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.
will help him, a young man, with whom Linnaeus has contact and who is really worthy of Linnaeusís friendship. Ė Cornaro would like to have a full set of Linnaeusís works. He has acquired as many as possible, but he does not have Hortus CliffortianusLinnaeus, Carl Hortus
Cliffortianus, plantas exhibens quas in
hortis tam vivis quam siccis Hartecampi
in Hollandia coluit [...] Georgius
(Amsterdam 1737). Soulsby
no. 328.
, Amoenitates academicaeLinnaeus, Carl Amoenitates
, I-X (Stockholm
1749-1790). Soulsby no. 1280.
(except the first volume), Materia MedicaLinnaeus, Carl Materia
Medica. Liber I. De plantis secundum:
genera, loca, nomina, qualitates, vires,
differentias, durationes, simplicia,
modos, usus, synonyma, culturas,
praeparata, potentias, composita,
digestus, &c.
I-II (Stockholm
1749). Soulsby no. 968.
and other recent ones, such as the most recent edition of Systema naturae [the most recent edition was Systema naturae, 10th edition Linnaeus, Carl Systema
, 10th edition (Stockholm
1758-1759). Soulsby no. 58.

If Linnaeus would be so kind as to send some seeds, Cornaro will compensate him as he can. He will do all he can to show his great esteem for Linnaeus.


a. (LS, III, 91-92). [1] [2] [3]