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Link: • Pieter Boddaert to Carl Linnaeus, 2 October 1768 n.s.
Dated postrid. Calend. Octob. 1768. Sent from Utrecht (Netherlands) to Uppsala (Sweden). Written in Latin.


Pieter Boddaert’sBoddaert, Pieter (1730?-?).
Dutch. Naturalist and physician. Friend
of Albert Schlosser, whose cabinet of
natural history objects he described.
Correspondent of Linnaeus.
thanks Linnaeus for his letter [Linnaeus to Boddaert, 13 August 1768Letter L4103] where he acknowledges receipt of Boddaert’s former letter with some books etc. Boddaert is flattered by this generosity from Linnaeus.

Linnaeus could send the two parts of Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
[Boddaert refers to the second and third volumes, ”Regnum Vegetabile” and ”Regnum Lapideum” of the 12th edition, published in 1767 and 1768] to Nicolaas Laurens BurmanBurman, Nicolaas Laurens
(1734-1793). Dutch. Professor of
botany. Linnaeus’s pupil in Uppsala in
1760. Correspondent of Linnaeus.
, who will take care that they reach Boddaert safely and quickly.

Boddaert sends Linnaeus a crude delineation of a rare Cancer that he had not been able to find in Systema naturae, 12th editionLinnaeus, Carl Systema
, 12th edition (Stockholm
1766-1768). Soulsby no. 62.
. It is depicted sideways, from above and from below.

Boddaert cannot understand that Linnaeus feels outside learned society, since his fame and the frequent new editions of Systema naturae, covering almost all nature, are signs of something else.

Boddaert offers Linnaeus copies of Johannes Eusebius Voet’sVoet, Johannes Eusebius
(?-1778). Dutch. Zoologist.
work on Coleoptera [Catalogus systematicus ColeopterorumVoet, Johannes Eusebius
Catalogus systematicus
(Den Haag, 1766).
] and of Christian Sepp’sSepp, Christian German.
Cpperplate engraver, who settled in
work on Lepidoptera [Boddaert refers to the Beschouwing der wonderen GodsSepp, Christian Beschouwing
der wonderen Gods in de minstgeachte
schepzelen. Of nederlandsche insecten,
naar hunne aanmerkelyke huishouding,
verwonderlyke gedaantwisseling en andere
wetenswaaerdige byzonderheden

(Amsterdam, 1762).
]. In addition, Boddaert mentions that he has an engraver available who is both able at his art and interested in natural history, which adds to the quality of his work. Boddaert will send Linnaeus a publication where this man has made the plates, so that Linnaeus can see for himself, and Boddaert is willing to act as an intermediary between Linnaeus and the engraver if Linnaeus would like to use his services.


a. (LS, II, 83-84). [1] [2] [3]


1. Bref och skrifvelser (1916), vol. II:1, p. 293-295   p.293  p.294  p.295.