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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, 28 December 1761 n.s.
Dated 1761 d. 28. Decembr.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Idrija (Slovenia). Written in Latin.


The copy of the Flora CarniolicaScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Flora Carniolica exhibens plantas
Carniolae indigenas et distributas in
classes naturales. Cum differentiis
specificis, synonymis recentiorum, locis
natalibus, nominibus incolarum,
observationibus selectis, viribus
(Vienna 1760).
, which Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
said he had sent to Linnaeus [30 June 1761Letter L3599], did not reach its destination. Linnaeus reports, however, that he has managed to buy a copy from a student coming from Germany. Linnaeus has read it and congratulates Scopoli on his work.

Linnaeus acknowledges the way Scopoli has treated and applied his method and gives several hints on improvements for a future edition. Especially, Scopoli is asked to crosscheck the information that the flower of a certain species can change its sex due to conditions in the year in question and the form of cultivation; Linnaeus has never seen such a thing.

Linnaeus asks for a number of plants, either as dried specimens or as seeds, especially the Atropa 2, because it seems to be an extraordinary species. Scopoli could send the seeds or the dried specimen in a letter.

Linnaeus advices Scopoli to omit some passages in the Flora Carniolica, when the second edition will be published. [The next edition was published in 1771, Flora Carniolica, 2nd editionScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
Flora Carniolica exhibens plantas
Carnioliae indigenas et distributas in
classes, genera, species, varietatis,
ordine Linnaeano
(1760), I-II, 2nd
edition (Vienna 1771-1772).
] .

Scopoli should adress his letters to Linnaeus to the Royal Society of Sciences in Uppsala [Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.


a. original holograph (UUB, G152a). [1] [2] [3] [4]