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Link: • Paul Dietrich Giseke to Carl Linnaeus, 10 March 1768 n.s.
Dated d. 10. Martii 1768.. Sent from Wien (Austria) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Paul Dietrich GisekeísGiseke, Paul Dietrich
(1745-1796). German. Physician.
Professor of natural science in Hamburg
in 1771. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
is grateful for Linnaeusís letter dated 4 January [1768]Letter L4031. He is pleased that Linnaeus liked his work [Giseke refers to Dissertatio inauguralis botanico-medica sistens systemata plantarum recentioraGiseke, Paul Dietrich
Dissertatio inauguralis
botanico-medica sistens systemata
plantarum recentiora instar speciminis
commentarii ad Jo. Herm. Furstenau
Desiderata materiae medicae

(Göttingen, [1767]).

He received Linnaeusís letter last of February in Vienna. In the beginning of December he left Göttingen to go on a one-year journey. Giseke met Johan Jacob FerberFerber, Johan Jacob
(1743-1790). Swedish. Professor of
chemistry at Mitau, of mineralogy at St
Petersburg. Superintendent of the board
of mines, Berlin. Correspondent of
, one of Linnaeusís disciples, at Freiberg in Saxony.

Giseke compares Vitis with Bryonia to inquire whether it belongs to the Cucurbitaceae. According to David Sigismund August BüttnerBüttner, David Sigismund August
(1724-1768). Hungarian. Professor
of medicine and botany in 1756, Berlin,
in 1760 professor of botany and zoology,
Vitis capensis, of which a peculiar wine can be made, has a turnip-shaped root. Büttner once referred more than sixty varieties in the Botanical Garden of Berlin [Giseke refers presumably to the Botanic Garden belonging to the Royal Academy of Sciences in Berlin [Königliche Akademie der WissenschaftenKönigliche Akademie der
Wissenschaften, Royal Academy of
Sciences in Berlin
Founded at the instigation of Leibniz in
1700 as the
Societät der Wissenschaften. In
1744 it merged with the
Société Littéraire
du Berlin (which had been founded in
1743) to form the Königliche
Akademie der Wissenschaften.
] to their species. All species of Vitis have a weak stem, etc.; the leaves seem to concur more with Cucurbitaceae than with Hedera. Flowers and fruits both of Bryonia and Vitis are racemose, etc.

Phytolacca and its relationship with the Solanaceae are discussed. There is a reference to Gisekeís thesis [Dissertatio inauguralis botanico-medica, see above].

Giseke wants Linnaeus to state the characters of the natural orders.

Giseke sends Franz LippísLipp, Franz Joseph (1734-1775).
German. Professor of botany and
chemistry and curator of the botanical
garden of Freiburg.
Encheiridion botanikon specimen inauguraleLinnaeus, Carl & Franz Joseph
Encheiridion botanikon
specimen inaugurale
botanicum sistens delineationem plantae
Carl V. Linné, definitam,
exemplis et figuris illustratam
(Vienna, 1765). Soulsby no. 469.
and seeds of Cicuta.

Giseke asks which year Linnaeusís Fundamenta botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Fundamenta
botanica, quae majorum operum prodromi
instar theoriam scientiae botanices per
breves aphorismos tradunt
1736). Soulsby no. 253.
and Bibliotheca botanicaLinnaeus, Carl Bibliotheca
botanica recensens libros plus mille de
plantis huc usque editos, secundum
systema auctorum naturale in classes,
ordines, genera & species
dispositos, additis editionis loco,
tempore, forma, lingua etc. cum
explicatione Fundamentorum botanicorum
pars prima
(Amsterdam 1736).
were first published and what Linnaeus thinks about Gisekeís explanation of Linnaeusís Classes plantarum seu systemata plantarumLinnaeus, Carl Classes
plantarum seu systemata plantarum. Omnia
a fructificatione desumta, quorum XVI
universalia & XIII partialia,
compendiose proposita secundum classes,
ordines et nomina generica cum clave
cujusvis methodi et synonymis genericis.
Fundamentorum botanicorum pars II

(Leiden 1738).
, p. 39, n. 156. Giseke is prepared to help Linnaeus, if he has some business in Paris, Holland or England. Letters to Giseke can be sent through a man by the name of Stromeyer [Johann Fredrich StromeyerStromeyer, Johann Friedrich
German. Professor of medicine,
Göttingen. Father of the chemist
Friedrich Stromeyer.
] at Göttingen.


a. original holograph (LS, IV, 462-465). [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6]