Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1876. Original Wraps. Original printed gray wrappers. 8vo. 1st Edition, 1st issue. Uncut copy in original printed gray wrappers. The book is present in clamshell box box with black morocco spine. Collation: viii, 387 pp. + 12 plates and intext illustrations. There is minor chipping on spine and some minor fraying to printed covers not affecting any text. The rear cover has advertisements for 1876 and no later. Internal condition is generally very good, but there is occasional foxing to plates and text. Very Good +. Item #0000453
This is a scarce first edition first issue in original gray printed wrappers. Provenance: Inscribed copy "Au Colonel Broye /son compatriate et son ami/ L. Pasteur. " Colonel Broye was an officer (1875-1877) during the tenure of Mac Mahon, president (1875-1879) of Military House of the Republic. There were only three other officers serving this president. In Pasteur's important study of fermentation, he discovered that contamination of beer was caused by microorganisms found in the air and not spontaneously generated as had been previously believed. He made possible the scientific processing of beer, wine, milk, and other perishable products. (Heirs, 1898) ( Garrison-Morton, 2485; Norman, 1658; Osler 1550).