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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Giovanni Antonio Scopoli, 29 August 1763 n.s.
Dated 1763 d. 29 August. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Idrija (Slovenia). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus does not know if his latest letter [20 June 1763Letter L3264] has reached Giovanni Antonio ScopoliScopoli, Giovanni Antonio
(1723-1788). Italian. Physician and
naturalist. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
but he writes another nevertheless.

Linnaeus has got very many plants from friends this year, both dried and living. Also, a set of insects are on their way from the Cape of Good Hope region on board an Indian ship, but they have not yet reached Uppsala.

Linnaeus has got a stuffed flamingo, and he wonders if Scopoli knows anything of its habits.

A new publication on birds with nice pictures has come out in England.

Linnaeus has heard that Scopoli is preparing a “Fauna Carniolica” [Scopoli never published a fauna, but was preparing a publication of descriptions and illustrations of insects and birds, see Scopoli to Linnaeus 22 October 1763Letter L3310], mainly dealing with insects. There is lack of illustrations on insects, they are mostly dispersed in Röselius [August Johann Rösel von Rosenhof’sRösel von Rosenhof, August
(1705-1759). German.
Naturalist and painter.
, Der monatlich-herausgegebenen Insecten-BelustigungRösel von Rosenhof, August
Insecten-Belustigung erster [-vierter]
Theil [...] Nebst einer Vorrede, in
welcher von dem Nutzen der Insecten
gehandelt, was sie seyen gezeiget, und
von der Eintheilung derselben Nachricht
gegeben wird
, 4 vol.
(Nürnberg, 1746-[1761].
] and other works. Linnaeus is willing to subscribe. In the meantime, however, he suggests that Scopoli sends him advance copies of the illustrations for comments. A similar cooperation is already running with Nicolaus Joseph, baron 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.
, and Linnaeus outlines the advantage of that arrangement.

Hyoscyamus atropa did not germinate, which Linnaeus regrets. It is something between Belladonna and Hyoscyamus. He wants Scopoli to put a drawing of it in the 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).
. Linnaeus asks for seeds once more and wonders if the seed has to be in the soil for a year before germinating.

The letter contains the second half of the list of plants in Scopoli’s box, a continuation from the preceding letter.


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