Lot 223: Carl Linnaeus

RR Auction

RR Auction

2015-08-21 10:51:46

Lot 223: Exceptional LS in Swedish, nine pages on five sheets, 8 x 12.75, August 19, 1743. Untranslated letter written on behalf of the "Consistorium Academicum" at the University of Uppsala, in the matter of the estate of Gryttiom. Signed at the conclusion by Linnaeus and 10 other scientists, including: Mattsius Asp, Magnus Beronius, Anders Boberg, Olof Celsius, Petrus Kerman, Samuel Klingenstierna, Daniel Solander, Petrus Ullen, and Johan Eric Fick. In fine condition, with a single horizontal and vertical fold and the final page detached. Linnaeus (1707–1778) is remembered as the remarkably influential botanist and zoologist who developed a system of classification for categorization of organisms and binomial nomenclature for naming them—he is universally recognized as the 'father of taxonomy.' While he is the most well-known of the signers here, several others made contributions to the advancement of modern science as well—Celsius was a mentor of Linneaus and the nephew of Anders Celsius, developer of the eponymous temperature scale; Klingenstierna was the first to recognize errors in Isaac Newton's theories of refraction; and Solander was the first university-educated scientist to set foot on Australian soil after accompanying James Cook on his first voyage on the Endeavour. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 460 Wednesday, 16th September 2015 Estimate: $4000-5000
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