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FREDERIK HASSELQUIST (1722-1752)

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Originally appearing in Volume V13, Page 52 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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FREDERIK HASSELQUIST (1722-1752), Swedish traveller and naturalist, was born at Tornevalla, East Gothland, on the 3rd of January 1722. On account of the frequently expressed regrets of Linnaeus, under whom he studied at Upsala, at the lack of information regarding the natural history of Palestine, His diwan has been published at Bombay (1864), Tunis (1864) and Lahore (1878). See H. Hirschfeld's " Prolegomena to an edition of the Diwan of Hassan " in Transactions of Oriental Congress (London, 1892). (G. W. T.) Hasseiquist resolved to undertake a journey to that country, and a sufficient subscription having been obtained to defray expenses, he reached Smyrna towards the end of 1949. He visited parts of Asia Minor, Egypt, Cyprus and Palestine, making large natural history collections, but his constitution, naturally weak, gave way under the fatigues of travel, and he died near Smyrna on the 9th of February 1752 on his way hoR1e. His collections reached home in safety, and five years after his death his notes were published by Linnaeus under the title Resa till Heliga Landet forattad frdn eir 1749 till 1752, which was translated into French and German in 1762 and into English in 1766.
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