Stockholm, Lars Salvius, 1762. In four issues. 8vo (22.0 x 14.0 cm). 325, vi pp. Original blind wrappers.
The official journal of the Swedish Academy of Sciences for the year 1762, with contributions by Linnaeus, Modeer, O. F. Müller, others, and...Linnaea! Topics include astronomy, botany, mineralogy, medicine, opium, mathematics, meteorology, etc. Included are a paper by Linnaeus, viz., Om åkerbårs plantering, and a paper by his daughter and fellow botanist, Elisabet [original spelling] Christina Linnaea (1743-1782), viz., Om Indianska Krassens blickande. "Elisabeth Christina von Linné was 19 years old when she discovered a light phenomenon in orange plants at dusk. With the support of her father Carl von Linné, she had her discovery published in 1762 in an essay for Kungliga Vetenskapsakademiens Handlingar [this paper]. There she gave an account of how she had observed lightning-like flashes at dusk in the orange nasturtium Tropaeolum majus L. at the family farm in Hammarby, Uppsala. Thereafter she got others to observe the plant to confirm whether or not they also saw the flashes. In her essay, she reasoned about the possible causes of the lightning flashes. One of her theories was that it might be caused by the constitution of the eye itself" ( Svenskt kvinnobiografiskt lexikon online). Soulsby seems to have made a mistake, adding two different catalogue numbers to the same work. Uncut, creating a mix of "normal", and very wide margins. Spines singed, fraying and a few short tears to the fore margins otherwise a good, clean set. Soulsby, 560 (åkerbär), 563 and 3802 (Indianska Krassen).