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Link: • Giovanni Antonio Scopoli to Carl Linnaeus, 7 April 1763 n.s.
Dated 7ma Aprilis 1763. Sent from Idrija (Slovenia) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
sends full descriptions of the two animals, the rat and the bird, which were mentioned in the previous letter [30 December 1762Letter L3172]. The specimens were sent to Linnaeus at the same time.

After that, Scopoli adds other observations, in various degrees of details, on various animals: Talpa, Strix, Larius, Corvus, Anas, Ardea, Turdus, Emberiza, Motacilla, Caprimulgus, Testudo, Salamandra, Rana, Raia, Exozoetus, Limax, Sepia, Conchae.

Scopoli is very sorry that the supplement of 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).
[Scopoli presumably menas the next edition of this work, which 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).
] can not appear before the next edition of the Systema naturae [Systema naturae,12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
], but he adds two descriptions of new genera, Lithophila and Ageria. Some other observations are also given.

Scopoli expects much of the volume on “Regnum lapideum” in the forthcoming edition of the Systema naturae [vol. 3. Regnum lapideum of the Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
was published in 1768]. He makes some comments on mineralogy, especially on minerals containing iron. He comments critically on the works of several earlier scholars such as Johan Gottschalk WalleriusWallerius, Johan Gottschalk
(1709-1785). Swedish. Professor of
chemistry at Uppsala.
, Axel Fredrik CronstedtCronstedt, Axel Fredrik
(1722-1765). Swedish. Chemist,
mineralogist, mining expert.
, Johann Gottlieb LehmannLehmann, Johann Gottlieb
(?-1767). German. Mineralogist.
Professor of chemistry and director of
the Natural History Museum of St
Petersburg. Correspondent of Linnaeus.

Through 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.
[who had died in July 1762], Scopoli has sent Linnaeus some small works on minerals and metallurgy [De hydrargyroScopoli, Giovanni Antonio De
hydrargyro Idriensi tentamina
(Venice &
Radici, 1761).
; this work contain: 1. De minera hydrargyri 2. De vitriolo Idriensi 3. De morbis fossorum hydrargyri], about which he asks for a confirmation of receipt.

The letter ends with a request that Linnaeus should believe in the information Scopoli supplies.


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