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#221 - Carl Linnaeus

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Linnaeus quotes from Virgil’s Aeneid

Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist (1707–1778), who laid the foundations for the modern scheme of binomial nomenclature. Rare AQS in Latin on an off-white 7.5 x 5 sheet, signed at the conclusion, “Carl. v. Linne, Archiat. et Profess. Ups.,” and dated at Uppsala, August 25, 1772. Linnaeus pens a quote from Virgil’s Aeneid, in full: “Famam extendere factis hoc virtutis opus [It is the work of virtue to extend our fame by our deeds].” A central vertical fold, scattered creases, and a few edge tears, otherwise fine condition. Accompanied by an engraved portrait. Nearing the end of his career as a scientist and professor, Linnaeus was ennobled by Swedish King Adolf Frederick in 1761, after which he took on the name “Carl von Linne,” as he signs here, with ‘Linne' being a shortened and gallicised version of ‘Linnaeus,’ and the German title 'von' signifying his ennoblement. As a nobleman his family was given a coat of arms, which symbolizes his scientific achievements in its design and features a portion of this phrase at the bottom, ‘Famam extendere factus [We extend our fame by our deeds].’ An exceedingly desirable autograph from this tremendously influential scientist, incorporating his heraldic motto borrowed from one of the classical world’s most epic tales. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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