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Link: linnaeus.c18.net/Letter/L3746 • Carl Linnaeus to Abraham Bäck, 3 April 1766 n.s.
Dated 2766 d. 3 April.. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Stockholm (Sweden). Written in Swedish.

Min Kiäreste H[err] Broder.

Det war mig en hiertans fägnad få hugna mig af M[in] K[iäre] Br[oder]s bref.

i Snäckorne äro 4 hufwudböcker

Bonanni recreatio mentis et oculi 4to har tämmelig många figurer.

Rumphii Rariteten camar. folio är wähl den bästa.

Gualter de Testaceis folio är dyr och har måste figurer och dem på 2 sidor afteknade.

D'Argenville Conchyliologie, 4to maj. har de wackraste figurer, men få.

Det är mig nog satisfaction att jag fått Min K[iäre] Broders och Arch[iater] Rosenstens approbation öfwer min lille Clavis Medicinae. fingo jag med Min K[iäre] Br[oder] genomgå densamma och wisa mine demonstrationer, hoppas jag han skulle blifwa mer begripelig.

Det är nog att H[err] S. wågar påtaga sig det, som ej kan föllia med fullmachten.

Nu hafwa wij fått 3 tomen af Actis Nidrosiensibus, som äro wackre.

Schaeffers elementa insectorum med wackra figurer, men i sig sielf ett absurdt wärk.

Har någon i Stockholm ännu fått Sebae Musei 4de tome? lätt mig det wetta, ty jag har än ej fått se honom; hoppas han är ej så tokugt utgifwen, som den 3die war.

Arch[iater] Rosenstein är aldeles frisk, men än oändelig matt.

Fru Rosensten illa siuk, och Lifm[edici] Auriwillii barn dels siuke, dels begynna repa sig; 11 personer i huset hafwa warit siuke

jag förbl[ifwer]
Min egen H[err] Broders
ödmiuke tienare
Carl v[on] Linné

Uppsala 1766
d[en] 3 April

Archiatren
Wälborne Herren
H[err] Doctor Baeck
Stockholm

upSUMMARY

Linnaeus thanks Abraham BäckBäck, Abraham (1713-1795).
Swedish. Physician, president of the
Collegium Medicum, Stockholm. Close
friend of Linnaeus. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
for a letter [this letter has not come down to us] that made him glad.

Linnaeus cites four important works on molluscs, namely works by Filippo BuonanniBuonanni, Filippo (1638-1725).
Italian. Jesuit.
, Georg Eberhard RumpfRumpf, Georg Eberhard
(1628-1702). Dutch. Naturalist and
merchant in the service of the Dutch
East India Company. Governor of the
Dutch colony Ambon. He published two
works on the flora of the isle of Ambon.
, Nicola GualtieriGualtieri, Nicola (1688-1744).
Italian. Doctor of medicine, physician
at Pisa.
and Antoine-Joseph Dezallier d’ArgenvilleDezallier d’Argenville,
Antoine-Joseph
(1680-1765).
French. Naturalist and garden designer.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
. He recommends that by Rumpf, D'Amboinsche rariteitkamerRumpf, Georg Eberhard
D'Amboinsche rariteitkamer :
behelzende eene beschryvinge van
allerhande zoo weeke als harde
schaalvisschen, te weeten raare krabben,
kreeften, en diergelyke zeedieren, als
mede allerhande hoorntjes en schulpen,
die men in d'Amboinsche Zee vindt: daar
beneven zommige mineraalen, gesteenten,
en soorten van aarde, die in
d'Amboinsche, en zommige omleggende
Eilanden gevonden worden
(Amsterdam,
1705)
, while that of Gualtieri is expensive [Linnaeus refers to Index testarum conchyliorumGualtieri, Nicola Index
testarum conchyliorum, quae adservantur
in museo Nicolai Gualtieri
(Florence
1742).
]. D’Argenville has the best pictures, but they are few [Linnaeus refers to L' histoire naturelle, éclaircie dans une de ses parties principales, la conchyliologieDezallier d’Argenville,
Antoine-Joseph
L'Histoire
naturelle, éclaircie dans une de
ses parties principales, la
conchyliologie, que traite des
coquillages de mer, de riviere et de
terre : ouvrage dans lequel on trouve
une nouvelle méthode latine &
francoise de les diviser :
augmenté de La zoomorphose, ou
reprèsentation des animaux a
coquilles, avec leurs explications

(Paris, 1757).
].

Linnaeus is glad that Bäck and Nils Rosén von RosensteinRosén von Rosenstein, Nils
(1706-1773). Swedish. Physician
and professor of medicine. Colleague of
Linnaeus at Uppsala. The founder of
modern pediatrics. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
have approved his Clavis medicinae duplexLinnaeus, Carl Clavis
medicinae duplex, exterior &
interior
(Stockholm, 1766). Soulsby
no. 980.
. He hopes he will be able to go through it with Bäck and make it more understandable.

Linnaeus is glad that a person indicated by an S [unclear who Linnaeus means] dares to undertake what cannot come to him with his appointment.

Volume 3 of Acta Nidarosiensia [Det Trondhiemske Selskabs Skrifter ]has reached Linnaeus. It is a nice book.

Linnaeus has received also Jacob Christian Schaeffer’sSchaeffer, Jacob Christian
(1718-1790). German. Lutheran pastor
and superintendent, Regensburg.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
Elementa insectorum [Icones insectorumSchaeffer, Jacob Christian
Icones Insectorum circa Ratisbonam
indigenorum, coloribus naturam
referentibus expressae
, 3 vols.
(Regensburg, 1766-1779)
] with nice pictures, but it is an absurd work in itself.

Linnaeus wonders if anybody in Stockholm has received the fourth part of Albert Seba’s Seba, Albert (1665-1736).
Dutch. Pharmacist and collector of
natural history specimens, Amsterdam.
Musaeum [Linnaeus means the Locupletissimi rerum naturalium thesauri accurata descriptio bib-Seba_1734}]. Linnaeus has not yet got it. He hopes that it is better than the third part.

Rosén von Rosenstein is quite free from his illness but still very weak.

Rosén von Rosenstein’s wife is badly ill, and Samuel Aurivillius’sAurivillius, Samuel
(1721-1767). Swedish. Professor of
medicine, Uppsala. Correspondent of
Linnaeus.
children are ill or have been ill. Eleven persons in that family have been hit by the fever.

upMANUSCRIPTS

a. original holograph (KVA, Carl von Linnés arkiv). [1] [2] [3]

upEDITIONS

1. Bref och skrifvelser (1911), vol. I:5, p. 142-143   p.142  p.143.