A collaborative editing project made possible by the Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands and the Clusius Community 2.0.

This website presents an edition-in-progress of the correspondence of the famous sixteenth-century botanist Carolus Clusius (1526-1609). The edition is produced in eLaborate, an online collaborative editing tool developed at the Huygens ING.

The first release (December 2015) includes metadata belonging to all known 1600 letters, scans of 1170 letters and transcriptions at different stages of completion of almost 1000 letters. You are most welcome to join the Clusius Community 2.0 and to contribute to this edition!



Blog botanical garden Leiden

ClusiusStatueLeidenIn 2015, the Hortus botanicus of Leiden University celebrated its 425th birthday. On this occassion several guest-authors wrote monthly blogs about the correspondence of Carolus Clusius, who was the first director of the Leiden botanical garden. You can read their stories on the website of the Hortus botanicus Leiden (in Dutch).

First release: December 2015

ClusiusCorrespondenceSquareAnd here it is: a digital edition-in-progress of the correspondence of Carolus Clusius, the most famous botanist of the sixteenth century. After years of assembling transcriptions in archives and books, preparing them for digitization, importing images, standardizing metadata, Read more…