Lot 283: Swiss anatomist, physiologist, and naturalist (1708-1777) considered as 'the father of modern physiology.' ALS in German, signed "Haller," one page both sides, 7.25 x 8.75, October 14, 1769. Untranslated letter to French pharmacist, physician, and chemist Jacob Reinbold Spielmann at Strasbourg, telling him about a book he had just returned by post. Haller references to the Bibliotheca Botanica, noting that he had sent an essay to Gottingen, and that he had received some rare herbs from someone who had hiked across the Alps. Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in Haller's own hand. In fine condition, with intersecting folds, scattered creases, and light toning. Haller made significant contributions to botany, beginning to assemble a large collection of plant specimens on his journeys through the Alps starting in the late 1720s. He made important contributions to botanical taxonomy, though these are less visible today because he resisted the binomial nomenclature developed by Carl Linnaeus-the author of the Bibliotheca Botanica. A rare letter with exceedingly desirable scientific content.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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