22 June 2010
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PASTEUR, Louis (1822-1895). Examen critique d'un écrit posthume de Claude Bernard sur la fermentation. Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1879.
8o (223 x 141 mm). 2 engraved plates by Felizat, text illustrations. Full green morocco, spine gilt lettered with raised bands, green morocco turn-ins with purple morocco onlays, green silk doublures and linings, gilt edges, original gray printed wrappers bound in by Huser; green marbled slipcase. Provenance: Monsieur Littré (presentation inscription by Pasteur).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED BY PASTEUR on the half-title: "A monsieur Littré, de l'Académie francaise, Hommage de profond respect, L. Pasteur. Pierre Bertholet, an opponent of Pasteur's controversial theory of fermentation, published a posthumous and unauthorized version of some notes by Claude Bernard, a supporter of Pasteur's, which claimed to have isolated a soluble chemical produced by yeast that caused fermentation, in contrast to Pasteur's theory. Pasteur's bitter reply strengthened his conviction that fermentation was life without air, a belief he held until Eduard Buchner isolated a soluble alcoholic ferment in 1897. Cushing P142; Heirs of Hippocrates 1900; Norman 1660; Osler 1552.
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