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Lalandes ‘Voyage de Hollande’. Het reisverslag van een astronoom, 1774

Author(s): Florine Weekenstroo

Journal: Studium : Tijdschrift voor Wetenschaps- en Universiteits-Geschiedenis
ISSN 1876-9055

Volume: 5;
Issue: 4;
Start page: 240;
Date: 2013;
Original page

Keywords: astronomy | travel account | J.J. de Lalande | eighteenth century | Dutch Republic

Lalandes ‘Voyage de Hollande’. The itinerary of an astronomer, 1774.In 1774, the French astronomer Joseph Jérôme Lefrançois de Lalande (1732–1807) visited the Dutch Republic to plea for a greater role of astronomy in navigation. At that time his Astronomie was translated into Dutch. A handwritten travelogue of his visit is preserved in the Bibliothèque de l’Institut de France in Paris. It is a brief, but fairly complete description of his journey, in which Lalande gives an impression of his visit to the cities, scientists, instrument makers and other – for the greater part – very prominent people of the Dutch Republic. This paper discusses Lalande’s experiences in the Netherlands. It shows that Lalande’s Voyage de Hollande is a unique testimony, showing how a foreign scholar experienced the Dutch Republic at the end of the eighteenth century and how he was received as scientific celebrity by the Dutch social upper class.
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