Lot 2: Louis Pasteur book
6th December 2017
Signed book: Etudes sur le Vin. First edition. Paris: Victor Mason et Fils, 1866. Beautifully rebound in brown leather and marbled paper, 6.5 x 9.5, 264 pages. Signed and inscribed in French on a blank page after the title page to prominent literary critic Charles Augustin de Saint-Beuve, “A Monsieur Sainte-Beuve de l'Academie Francaise, Souvenir respectueux, L. Pasteur.” Autographic condition: very good, with signature and inscription uniformly faded and light, but still legible, slight paper loss to lower right corner, and scattered toning and foxing. Book condition: VG/None, with a trimmed and gilted upper textblock edge, moderate rubbing to exterior, and foxing throughout. Pasteur’s process of pasteurization, now best known for its use with milk, was also applied to wine, extending its life and preventing it from spoiling. A simply stunning volume with a significant association to a fellow French intellectual.
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