Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1876.
1st Edition. Soft cover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Near Fine. Item #002678
8vo (240 x 156 mm). xiii, 383 , 4 pp. including half-title, 12 engraved plates, illustrations in text, 4-pages advertisement bound at end. Book block uncut and unopened except for two gatherings. Original publisher's orange printed wrappers (somewhat soiled and rubbed at extremities). Text fresh and unspotted, slight offsetting from pasted catalogue snippet on inner cover to half-title, a few pages with dust soiling at edges or brown lining from previously inserted paper slips. A very good and highly unsophisticated copy. Very rare in this state. ----
Sparrow 158; Garrison-Morton 2485; Heirs of Hippocrates 1018; Norman 1658; Cushing P-139; Duveen 461. Osler 1550. Thornton & Tully, p. 184. Waller 10966. - FIRST EDITION of Pasteur's important study of fermentation. Pasteur discovered that contaminated beer was caused by microorganisms in the air and not spontaneously generated as previously believed. He perfected a method of preparing pure yeast, acknowledging that a small quantity of oxygen was important for brewing. Our copy has advertisements on rear cover running up to 1923, indicating a later issue, but includes the ad for Pasteur's "Études sur la maladie des vers a soie" (1870) on final 4 pages.
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