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    Louis Pasteur Autograph Letter Signed. One page of a bifolium, 5.25" x 8", Paris, [France]; July 15, 1884. In French, addressed to an unknown recipient. A partial English translation is included in the lot. In this letter Pasteur discusses a dog that has recently died of rabies and advises the addressee to euthanize or consider isolating his own dog to see if he too will develop rabies. He closes by saying he would take the dog himself, but his cages are all full due to the experiments he is conducting for the Commission.

    A print of the Albert Edelfelt portrait of Pasteur accompanies the lot. 8.75" x 11".

    Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) was a French biologist, microbiologist, and chemist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation, and pasteurization. He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases. Pasteur reduced mortality from puerperal fever and created the first vaccines for rabies and anthrax. His medical discoveries provided direct support for the germ theory of disease and its application in clinical medicine. Pasteur is best known to the general public for his invention of the technique of treating milk and wine to stop bacterial contamination, a process now called pasteurization. He is regarded as one of the three main founders of bacteriology, and is popularly known as the "father of microbiology."

    Condition: Adhesive mounting residue to verso. Smoothed folds with small open tear to bottom right corner. Toned from age with pencil notations to recto and verso.


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    May, 2021
    19th Wednesday
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