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    [Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier]. Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze Lavoisier. Autograph Letter Signed.
    "Lavoisier Comtesse de Rumford." Two pages (of a bifolium) in French, 6.25" x 7.75", Paris; August 10, 1813. The letter, written by Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier's wife after she remarried and became Countess Rumford, is a request for a 500-franc subscription for the year 1812 and another 500-franc subscription for the year 1813 (the year this letter was written). The letter appears to be addressed to a Monsieur Le Cointe, possibly Jourdan Le Cointe, an author of works on cuisine.

    Marie-Anne Pierrette Paulze Lavoisier (Countess Rumford) (1758-1836) was a French chemist. She was the wife of the noted chemist Antoine Lavoisier, acted as his laboratory companion, and contributed to his work. She played a pivotal role in the translation of several scientific works, and was instrumental to the standardization of the scientific method. After her husband was executed during the French Reign of Terror in 1794, Marie-Anne Lavoisier organized the publication of her late husband's memoirs Mémoires de Chimie, a compilation of his papers and those of his colleagues demonstrating the principles of the new chemistry. Her efforts secured her husband's legacy in the field of chemistry. In 1804, Lavoisier married Benjamin Thompson (Count Rumford, 1753-1814), the eminent physicist. The marriage between the two was difficult and short-lived; Lavoisier retained her first husband's last name, demonstrating her undying devotion to him.

    Condition: Letter has the usual folds; otherwise good.


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