Lot 30: Louis Pasteur handwritten signed letter

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2017-10-02 11:42:03

Lot 30

ALS in French, signed “L. Pasteur,” one page, 4 x 5, Institut Pasteur letterhead, April 16, 1889. Letter to G. Austin Taylor, on the introduction of rabies in a new country. In part (translated): "The question of the fortuitous and relatively recent introduction of rabies in a country, as you informed me earlier, in the company of Dr. Hampshire, is interesting from the point of view of the history of this disease. Allow me to ask you to ask Dr. Hampshire to write to me as authentic an account as possible, and to have it translated into French." In fine condition, with light toning and soiling. Accompanied by the original mailing envelope addressed in Pasteur's hand. Pasteur spent much of the 1880s studying rabies and developing a vaccine, inoculating his first human patient in 1885. Letters by Pasteur mentioning the disease are of the utmost desirability.

Estimate: $8000-$10000

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