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Link: • Antonio Matani to Carl Linnaeus, 21 August 1762 n.s.
Dated 21. Augusti 1762. Sent from Pisa (Italia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Antonio MataniMatani, Antonio (1730-1779).
Italian. Professor of medicine, Pisa.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
had sent Linnaeus some small works the year before as a sign of his respect. He supposes that they had been lost en route, in a shipwreck or for some other unknown reason, but Matani wants to tell Linnaeus that he sent them. Matani is eager to point out to Linnaeus that he is a devoted pupil of Linnaeus. He quotes the titles of the works [among them, De aneurysmaticis praecordiorum morbis animadversionesMatani, Antonio De
aneurysmaticis praecordiorum morbis
(Livorno, 1761).
and his translation into Latin of a work of the Greek mathematician Heliodorus of LarissaHeliodorus of Larissa, Greek.
, Heliodori Larissaei Capita opticorumHeliodorus of Larissa,
Heliodori Larissaei Capita opticorum
latin vertit et inlustravit A.
(Pistoia, 1758).
] and says that they had been quoted 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.
, Giovanni Battista MorgagniMorgagni, Giovanni Battista
(1682-1771). Italian. Physician and
pathologist, ‘father of pathological
anatomy’, from 1715 professor of anatomy
in Padua.
and others. Matani has given Bengt FerrnerFerrner, Bengt (1724-1802).
Swedish. Astronomer at Uppsala
University. Tutor of crown prince Gustav
of Sweden. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
some of these publications together with a recent work by Matani, published by the order of the Emperor [Franz IFranz I, (1708-1765).
Austrian. Reigned from 1745-1765.
], describing various fossils, plants, animals and other natural objects found in the region of Pisa [Matani refers to his Delle produzioni naturali del territorio pistojeseMatani, Antonio Delle
produzioni naturali del territorio
pistojese : relazione istorica e
(Pistoia, 1762).
]. He asked Ferrner to send these publications to Linnaeus, which he promised to do. In return, Matani wants to be accepted as a member of the Uppsala academy [Matani means the Royal Society of Sciences at Uppsala, Kungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i UppsalaKungliga Vetenskaps-Societeten i
Swedish. The Royal
Society of Sciences at Uppsala was
founded in 1728.
], just as he has been elected by the academies in London, Montpellier [La Société royale des sciences de MontpellierAcadémie des sciences et
lettres de Montpellier ,
Académie des sciences et lettres
de Montpellier was founded in 1706 as
the Société royale des
sciences de Montpellier and dissolved in
1793 during the Revolution. This society
formed by its constitution one and the
same organization with the academy of
Paris. It was reconstituted in 1795 as
the Société libre des
sciences et belles-lettres de
Montpellier, but disapeared in 1816. In
1846 it was revived as Académie
des sciences et lettres de Montpellier.
Its first journal was Histoire de la
Société royale des
sciences établie à
Montpellier avec les mémoires de
mathématiques et de physique
tirés des registres de cette
, vols. 1-2
(1706-1745), which were published
], Florence and other cities. Matani thanks Linnaeus in advance for his support in this matter. In the meantime, he mentions that Linnaeus’s systematic works have made him arrange all the diseases of the human body into orders, classes and genera, for use in his own work as a teacher. There, he follows his friend François Boissier de La Croix de SauvagesSauvages, François Boissier de
La Croix de
(1706-1767). French.
Botanist and clergyman and physician,
professor in medicine at Montpellier.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. Matani hopes to be able to publish these works in a near future, and then he will send them to Linnaeus together with others dealing with natural history. He wishes Linnaeus a long life to the benefit of science, and hopes that Linnaeus will consider him a faithful and devoted friend


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