Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1876.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Very Good. Item #003412
8vo (235 x 155 mm). viii, 387 , 4 pp. including half-title, 12 engraved plates protected by tissue paper, 85 illustrations in text, 4-pages advertisement bound at end. 20th century three-quarter morocco over marbled boards by Bretault, spine with 5 raised bands and gilt lettering, upper edge gilt, other edges uncut, marbled endpapers (little rubbing to extremities, corners slightly scuffed). Text crisp and clean, half-title and final page with minor browning mostly to outer margins, first pages with little dust soiling and age-toning. Provenance: Max Cointreau (bookplate to front pastedown), inscribed and signed by Pasteur on half-title "A monsieur Kicho(?) / Souvenir affectueux / L. Pasteur" ----
Sparrow 158; Garrison-Morton 2485; Heirs of Hippocrates 1018; Norman 1658; Cushing P-139; Duveen 461. Osler 1550. Thornton & Tully, p. 184. Waller 10966; Bulloch, History of bacteriology p. 61f. - 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. - Visit our website to see more images!
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