Linnaeus in Italy
The Spread of a Revolution in Science

Marco Beretta and Alessandro Tosi, editors

2007, xxiii + 340 pp., illustrated, clothbound hardcover, jacketed, ISBN 0-88135-393-0, $60.00

Linnaeus in Italy

Digital Library of Italian editions of Linnaeus

Uppsala Studies in History of ScienceVolume 34


“…The range and quality of the expertise is impressive. The editors can take pride in having produced what is almost certainly the most important contribution to the Linnaean tercentenary—and they have done so in Pisa, far from the recognized centers of Linnaean study, Uppsala, Stockholm, and London. What is more, they have created a model for the study of mechanisms operating in the spread of learning of all sorts.”—Early Science and Medicine, 13 (2008)

“…a useful starting point for research on Italian naturalists of the mid-eighteenth century to the mid-nineteenth century. Its broad scope means that there is something in it to interest anyone concerned with the natural history or sociology of science of the period.”—Isis

“…The scholarly essays to be found here consider Linnaeus’ theories, their public representation and reception, and how these theories found support and controversy in all sectors of Italian society. Plenty of footnoted scholarly references assure college-level readers receive the best in researched science history.” —California Bookwatch

Table of Contents

Preface: The Editors

Opening Remarks: Carl-Olof Jacobson: Linnaeus: The Man and His Image

Ilva Segerdahl Beretta: Italian Naturalists in Linnaeus’ Herbarium

Gabriella Berti Logan: Italian Women Botanists and Linnaeus

Gina Douglas: Italy in the Linnean Collections; A Review of the Biological Specimens, Books and Manuscripts Linking Italy with Linnaeus and the Linnean Society of London

Giuse Scalva: Vitaliano Donati, Linnaeus, and the Scientific Community in Europe in the Mid-18th Century

Renato G. Mazzolini: Linnaeus and Michele Enrico Sagramoso, Knight of the Order of Malta

Marc J. Ratcliff: How Language Matters: Lazzar von Spallanzanus and Carlo Linnei

Marco Beretta: Linneans in Italy: The Case of Johann Jakob Ferber

Simone Contardi: Linnaeus Institutionalized: Felice Fontana, Giovanni Fabbroni, and the Natural History Collections of the Royal Museum of Physics and Natural History of Florence

Federico Tognoni: The Italian Editions of Linnaeus: Iconography and Texts

Alessandra Ferraresi: Linnaeus in Lombardy

Luca Ciancio: “Tuis impulsus consiliis.” Antonio Turra, the Vicenza Academy of Agriculture and the Reception of Linnaeus’ Thought in the Venetian “Terraferma” (1758–1797)

Ezio Vaccari: Linnaeus and Giovanni Arduino: Some Notes on a Difficult Reception in Mineralogy and Geology

Marta Stefani: Linnaeus and the Botanical Society of Florence

Giuliana Forneris: Linnaeus in Piedmont

Marta Cavazza: From Tournefort to Linnaeus: The Slow Conversion of the Institute of Sciences of Bologna

Alessandro Ottaviani: Linnaeus in Rome

Gino Leonardo Di Mitri: The History of Linnaeism in the Kingdom of Naples

Alessandro Tosi: Linneographia Italica: Retracing the Paths of the Image of Linnaeus

Ferdinando Abbri: Linnean Science and Italian Contexts: Some Concluding Remarks

Notes on Contributors, Index of Names

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