Academic journal article The Modern Language Review

Repertorium Zu Albrecht Von Hallers Korrespondenz 1724-1777

Academic journal article The Modern Language Review

Repertorium Zu Albrecht Von Hallers Korrespondenz 1724-1777

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Repertorium zu Albrecht von Hallers Korrespondenz 1724-1777. Ed. by URS BOSCHUNG, BARBARA BRAUN-BUCHER, STEFAN HACHLER, KATHRIN OTT, HUBERT STEINKE, and MARTIN STUBER. (Studia Halleriana, 7) Basel: Schwabe. 2002. 2 vols. xlviii+1061 pp., with CD-ROM. 119 [euro]; SwF 198. ISBN 3-7965-1325-5 (hbk).

Scholarly correspondences are an important source for our understanding of the circulation of ideas in early modern Europe and the constitution, both formal and informal, of the respublica eruditorum. The scientist and poet Albrecht von Haller (1708-77), Swiss by birth, but from 1736 to 1753 Professor of Anatomy, Botany, and Surgery at the University of Gottingen and editor of the Gottingische Gelehrte Anzeigen, was the author of one of the last great correspondences of the period, which he conducted in French, German, English and Latin. Among his correspondents were some of the most important scientists of his day, including Charles Bonnet and Horace-Benedict de Saussure. A multitude of others testify to his extensive scientific and literary contacts.

Most of the surviving letters (approximately 13,300 from Haller, 3,700 to him) are in the Haller archive in Bern. Others are scattered across some 400 archives around the world. …

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