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Respondent: Lars Magnus Klase (1722–1766)

Title: ... de Betula nana,...

Date of Defense: {30} June 1743

Paginations: [iv], 1-20, 1 plate

Lidén Title: Betula nana.

Soulsby Title: Betula

Drake Title: Betula Nana.


Abstract: Linnaeus' first dissertation, concerning the European arctic and subarctic dwarf shrubby birch, a soboliferous species rarely more than 1 meter high.

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Respondent: Cornelius Hegardt (1715–1772)

Title: ... Ficus, ...

Date of Defense: 15 September 1744

Paginations: [iv], 1-28, 1 plate

Lidén Title: Ficus.

Soulsby Title: Ficus

Drake Title: Ficus, ejusque historia naturalis & medica.


Abstract: An account of the common fig, with an emphasis on its medicinal uses.

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Respondent: Daniel Rudberg (ca.1724–1797)

Title: ... de Peloria, ...

Date of Defense: 19 December 1744

Paginations: [x], 3-18, [4], 1 plate

Lidén Title: Peloria.

Soulsby Title: Peloria

Drake Title: Peloria.


Abstract: An account of colonies of Antirrhinum linaria (Linaria vulgaris Hill), which at one time was considered to be a distinct genus (Peloria L.) and in this dissertation is recognized correctly as a teratological form which produced actinomorphic gamopetalous corollas lacking any nectariferous spur. He observed, in some instances, that these flowers and the typical zygomorphic spurred corollas occurred on the same plant, and that the teratological flowers were sterile.

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Respondent: Henric Fougt (1720–1782)

Title: ... Corallia Baltica adumbrans, ...

Date of Defense: 8 June 1745

Paginations: [viii], [1], 2-40, 1 plate

Lidén Title: Corallia baltica.

Soulsby Title: Corallia Balt.

Drake Title: Corallia Baltica.


Abstract: An essay on corals of the Baltic Sea.

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Respondent: Barthold Rudolph Hast (1724–1784)

Title: Amphibia Gyllenborgiana, ...

Date of Defense: 18 June 1745

Paginations: [viii], [1], 2-34, [2]

Lidén Title: Amphibia Gyllenborgiana.

Soulsby Title: Amphib. Gyll.

Drake Title: Amphibia Gyllenborgiana.


Abstract: Linnaeus' first publication to present his adopted method of zoological description. It provides an account of 24 species of amphibia in the collection of Count Carl Gyllenborg (1679-1746), which he presented to the University of Uppsala.

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Respondent: Roland Martin (1726–1788)

Title: ... Plantae Martino-Burserianae explicantur ...

Date of Defense: 12 December 1745

Paginations: [viii], [1], 2-31, [1]

Lidén Title: Plantae Martino-Burserianae.

Soulsby Title: Pl. Mart.-Burs.

Drake Title: Plantae Martino-Burserianae explicatae.

Note: P. 19 unnumbered in two of three copies.

Abstract: An account of what Linnaeus held to be the 240 rarest species of plants in the herbarium of Joachim Burser (1583-1639), a collection of 25 volumes, presented to the University of Uppsala by M. Coijet.

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Respondent: Samuel Nauclér (1724–1770)

Title: Hortus Upsaliensis, ...

Date of Defense: 16 December 1745

Paginations: [iv], [1], 2-45, [3], 4 plates

Lidén Title: Hortus Upsaliensis.

Soulsby Title: Hort. Upsal.

Drake Title: Hortus Upsaliensis.

Note: P. 42 unnumbered in one of two copies.

Abstract: An essay on the history of European botanic gardens, and of the botanic garden at Uppsala, which had been founded by Olof Rudbeck the elder. By the time Linnaeus assumed responsibility for the garden, it had fallen into disrepair. Restoration was made possible in a few years due to the funds at his disposal, generous gifts of plants and the hiring of additional gardeners. Included in the dissertation are biographical accounts of Olof Rudbeck (1630-1702) and of his son, Olof Rudbeck (1660-1740). Reference is made to Linnaeus' centigrade thermometer.

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Respondent: Johan Gustaf Hallman, d.a. (1726–1797)

Title: ... de Passiflora ...

Date of Defense: 18 December 1745

Paginations: [iv], [1], 2-37, [1], 1 plate

Lidén Title: Passiflora.

Soulsby Title: Passifl.

Drake Title: Passiflora.


Abstract: Enumerates 22 species of Passiflora, adding a list of those which appeared to be of dubious specific rank. Includes an historical review of the introduction of the plants from Latin America. The morphological features of the flower and their association with the passion and death of Christ are reviewed.

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Respondent: Erland Zacharias Tursén (1720–1778)

Title: ... de Anandria, ...

Date of Defense: 20 December 1745

Paginations: [iv], [1], 2-15, [1], 1 plate

Lidén Title: Anandria.

Soulsby Title: Anandria

Drake Title: Anandria.


Abstract: This Siberian plant (Tussilago anandria L.) was earlier named Anandria by Johann Georg Siegesbeck (1686-1755), a St. Petersburg botanist, who believed it to provide indisputable proof that Linnaeus' doctrine of the sexes of plants was false.

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Respondent: Johan Benjamin Heiligtag (1716–1771)

Title: ... Acrostichum ...

Date of Defense: 23 December 1745

Paginations: [iv], [1], 2-17

Lidén Title: Acrostichum.

Soulsby Title: Acrostichum

Drake Title: Acrostichum.

Note: Soulsby notes a plate cited in the text, but he hadn't seen one, our copy has no plate.

Abstract: A study of the then-known species of the fern genus Acrostichum. No Linnaean trivial names or Latin binomials are given.

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