Lot 175: Partly-printed DS in French, signed "A. Ampere," one page, 16.5 x 10.75, April 30, 1808. In full (translated): "The Societe Philomathique de Paris, during its session of April 30, 1808, welcomed, as one of its correspondents, Mr. Girard, Professor at the Imperial Veterinary School at Alfort." Signed at the conclusion by Aquebert-Montbret as president and Ampere as secretary. The document retains its red wax seal affixed to the lower left. In fine condition, with a central vertical fold, light toning, and creases to upper corners. The Philomatic Society of Paris was a high-level multidisciplinary scientific and philosophical society established in 1788, which boasted such distinguished members as Ampere, Laplace, Fresnel, Cuvier, and Lacroix. This certificate welcomed one of France's leading veterinarians, Jean Girard, into the fold. The previous year he had published the two-volume Treatise on the Anatomy of Domestic Animals, considered the preeminent work on veterinary medicine at the time. An exceptional scientific piece made all the more desirable by its attractive appearance.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 456
Wednesday, 15th July 2015
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