Lot 291: Signed book: Etudes sur la maladie des vers a soie. Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1870. Hardcover, 6.5 x 9, 327 pages. Signed and inscribed on the half-title page in ink to pioneering British astronomer and chemist Warren De la Rue, "A Monsieur Warren de la Rue homage de l'auteur, L. Pasteur." Autographic condition: fine, with light soiling to signed page. Book condition: VG+/None. De la Rue's bookplate is affixed to front endpaper as is the bookplate of pathologist Henry George Plimmer, whose ownership signature also appears on a free end page. Pasteur's book concerns his studies of silkworm disease and practical methods of combating and preventing it. An important topic in Pasteur's career—encouraged by his patroness, Empress Eugenie—his research with the silkworms helped shape his future concepts on the influence of environment on contagion, leading to his most significant contributions in the study of causes and prevention of disease.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 467
Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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