Lot 632: German actor and playwright (1771-1834) who invented the printing technique of lithography in 1796. Third-person ALS in French, signed within the text, "M. Senefelder," one page, 4.75 x 7, October 20, 1820. Letter to Baron Cuvier, responding to an invitation to view some lithographs on Monday instead of Sunday. Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in Senefelder's hand. In fine condition, with light toning to upper right from a small wax seal to the reverse. The recipient was presumably the important French naturalist and zoologist Georges Cuvier, who in 1819 had been named a peer for life in honor of his scientific contributions and thereafter known as "Baron Cuvier." As an inexpensive printing technique, lithography was adopted by naturalists to disseminate knowledge throughout the world, using it to illustrate works on plants, animals, human anatomy, geology, paleontology, and a myriad other scientific disciplines. A very scarce letter enhanced by this important association.
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Friday, 23rd October 2015
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