Linnaean Annotated Library

The Linnaean Annotated Library

The personal library of Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778) held at the Linnean Society of London includes the books Linnaeus used as reference material (some 1,600 volumes), many of them given to him by fellow naturalists and admirers all over the world.

It also contains all theses of his students that he supervised.

Most importantly, however, it contains Linnaeus' personal copies of his own works, spanning from 1735 to 1776, many of them interleaved and copiously annotated in his own hand.

This annotated collection includes two of his most famous works:

The first edition of Species plantarum (1753) is the starting point of the scientific naming of all plants (botanical nomenclature), and the 10th edition of Systema naturae (1758-59) is the beginning of the scientific naming of all animals.

Linnaeus' notes, annotations, scribbled references, comments and corrections are an incredibly rich resource for understanding the processes and sources that led to some of the most influential works in the history of science.

In order to give researchers all over the world access to this unique material, the Linnaean Annotated Library, consisting of 197 titles, has been digitised through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and is now made freely available online.

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