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Link: • Carl Linnaeus to Nicolaus Joseph, baron von Jacquin, 18 October 1770 n.s.
Dated 1770 d. 18 Octobr. Sent from Uppsala (Sweden) to Wien (Austria). Written in Latin.


Linnaeus comments on a number of plates and dried specimens received: Bromelia Karatas, Cichorium pumilmum, Mesembryanthemum, Allium Pannonicum and others. He gives advice on the cultivation of Browallia.

Linnaeus tells Nicolaus Joseph 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.
how to distinguish between Dryas and Geum.

Linnaeus makes some critical remarks on Jacquin’s way of publishing plants without presenting pictures. He wonders what the future use could be of that. If a work is published without plates, others may add illustrations and commit mistakes. So, e.g., Philip MillerMiller, Philip (1691-1771).
British. Gardener of the Chelsea Physic
Garden. Corresponded with many
botanists. His rich herbarium was sold
to Joseph Banks. Correspondent of
says in Dictionarium (Linnaeus refers to The Gardeners dictionary, 8th editionMiller, Philip The Gardeners
dictionary; containing the methods of
cultivating and improving the kitchen,
fruit and flower garden, etc.
, 8th
edition (London 1768).
) that Charles PlumierPlumier, Charles (1646-1704).
French. Botanist, travelled in Central
America and the Carribean. Linnaeus
generally approved of the descriptions
in his richly illustrated botanical
made a mistake and showed flowers of Tillandsia with fruits of Karatas (Linnaeus refers to Plantarum Americanarum fasciculus primus[-decimus]Plumier, Charles Descriptions
des plantes de l’Amérique, avec
leurs figures
(Paris 1693).
) and vice versa. So, Linnaeus strongly advocates publishing the Flora Austriaca (Linnaeus refers to Jacquin’s planned work, Florae Austriacae, sive plantarum selectarumJacquin, Nicolaus Joseph, baron von
Florae Austriacae, sive
plantarum selectarum in Austriae A.
chiducatu sponte crescentium icones,
(Vienna 1773-1778).
) with coloured pictures.

Linnaeus has been ill in bed for 24 days and is still bed-ridden.



a. original holograph (UUB, G152g). [1] [2] [3]


1. Caroli Linnaei epistolae ad Nicolaum Josephum Jacquin (1841), p. 112-113   p.112  p.113.