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[AUTOGRAPH]. GRONOVIUS, Laurentius Theodorus.
[Letter in Dutch to Nikolaus Joseph, Freiherr von Jacquin].Leiden, 13 September 1764. 4to (23.5 x 19 cm). Letter in Dutch, written on a single bifolium, with address: “Monsieur N.J. Jacquin Professeur en Chymie metallurgique à Chemnitz en Hongarie”; another hand has added: “Franco Frankfort”.
[4] pp.The letter is written by Laurentius Theodorus Gronovius or Laurens Theodoor Gronow (1730-1777) and addressed to his friend (“Waarde Vriend”) Nikolaus Joseph Freiherr von Jacquin (1727-1817), a Dutch/Austrian physician, chemist and botanist who was born in Leiden and had studied medicine at Leiden University together with Gronovius.In the extensive and very interesting letter Gronovius touches upon various subjects (mining, mineralogy, botany, entomology), including the financial consequences, mirroring the difficulties in transmitting money to other countries at the time. He offers for sale 5 pounds of Tinkal (unpurified borax) which was used in the mining industry, and calls attention to ample supply of good tea in Leiden. Furthermore he urges Jacquin to send to him, via Leipzig, not only a specimen of the Sphinx atropus (death's head moth), but also the chest he has asked for with specimens of various crystals needed for his studies. In return, he writes, he will send a big package of plants not yet identified and collected some decades ago in the Dutch East Indies by the well-known botanist Engelbert Kaempfer (1651-1716) and Theodor Sas (d. 1704), as well as plants from Surinam, Pennsylvania and The Cape.He will also send Jacquin his recently published second volume of his Zoophylacium ... animalia quadrupedia, amphibia, pisces, insecta, ..., published in Leiden in 1764 (Vol. 1: 1763, vol. 3: 1781) as a present.Only some damage from the opening of the seal, which is skilfully repaired. In very good condition.l F.A. Stafleu, “Nikolaus Freiherr von Jacquin und die s … [Click Below for Full Description]
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