Nicolaus Joseph von JacquinJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
(1727-1817). Dutch. Botanist. In
1755 at the order of emperor Franz I of
Austria he went to the Antilles and
South America. In 1763 he became
professor of mineralogy and chemistry at
Chemnitz, later professor of botany at
Vienna and director of the botanical
garden at Schönbrunn. Correspondent
of Linnaeus. thanks Linnaeus for a letter [30 April 1762Letter L3053] and is glad that Linnaeus has received the engravings he sent. He also hopes that the others, sent without an accompanying letter, have arrived [Linnaeus acknowledges that 8 May 1762)Letter L3075]. Now, the cutting of the woodcuts is making good progress and the printing of the text [Jacquin refers to Selectarum stirpium Americanarum historiaJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
Selectarum stirpium Americanarum
historia, in qua ad Linnaeanum systema
determinatae descriptaeque sistuntur
plantae illae, quas in insulis
Martinica, Jamaica, Domingo, alliisque,
et in vicinae continentis parte,
observavit rariores; adjectis iconibus
in solo natali delineatis (Vienna
1763). ] has begun. Linnaeus is free to use the material in the new edition of Species plantarum [Jacquin refers to Species plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Species
plantarum (Stockholm 1762-1763).
Soulsby no. 500. ], but Jacquin would like to have a copy as soon as it has appeared.
Jacquin’s work on the plants of Vienna has appeared, 21 sheets, octavo, some hundred illustrations and 6 copper engravings [Jacquin refers to Enumeratio stirpium plerarumqueJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
Enumeratio stirpium plerarumque,
quae sponte crescunt in agro
Vindebonensi, montibusque confinibus.
Accedunt observationum centuria et
appendix de paucis exoticis (Vienna
1762). ]. A copy will be sent to Linnaeus as soon as possible.
Jacquin tried to make the inhabitants of Martinique grow and harvest Laurus Cinnamomus as real cinnamon, but they had not been interested.
Other notes are made on Valeriana elongata, Heracleum angustifolium.
Seeds will be sent of Androsace, as well as dried flowers of Loranthus Europaeus – Jacquin answers a question on Mimosa.
Jacquin did not send the container of alcohol with American flowers in it to Linnaeus, since Linnaeus did not reply to his offer [18 October 1761Letter L2978]; Jacquin gathered Linnaeus did not care to have it.
Jacquin has just sent a box to Johan Frederik GronoviusGronovius, Johan Frederik
(1690-1762). Dutch. Naturalist, senator
of Leiden. Linnaeus’s benefactor and
friend. Published Flora Virginica
(1743, 1762) together with John Clayton.
Correspondent of Linnaeus. with some material meant for Linnaeus, partly from Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus. . Scopoli had put stones and books in the box, but Jacquin had removed them and put in his plants instead the stones and books are enclosed (Scopoli complains of this 22 October 1763Letter L3310), wrapped in something else. A list of the 114 species concerned concludes the letter, most of them however given with a question mark.