"THE DEBT WHICH WE ENGLISH BREWERS OWE TO M. PASTEUR CAN HARDLY BE OVER-ESTIMATED": FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF PASTEUR ON THE USES AND PROBLEMS OF FERMENTATION IN BREWING BEER
PASTEUR, Louis. Studies on Fermentation, the Diseases of Beer, Their Causes and the Means of Preventing Them. London: Macmillan & Co., 1879. Octavo, original brown cloth.
Scarce first edition in English of Pasteur's studies on the uses and "diseases" of fermentation in brewing beer, with 12 photo-lithographic plates and 85 wood-engraved in-text illustrations that faithfully reproduce those in the original French edition of 1876.
"These new studies are based on the same principles which guided me in my researches on wine, vinegar, and the silkworm disease—principles, the applications of which are practically unlimited. The etiology of contagious diseases may, perhaps, receive from them an unexpected light" (Pasteur, in his Preface, p. vii). "Pasteur resumed his studies on fermentation in 1876, and in this book… described a new and perfected method of preparing pure yeast and acknowledged that a limited quantity of oxygen was important for brewing" (Garrison-Morton). "Etudes sur la bière not only discussed the practical problems of brewing but also recapitulated the series of debates over fermentation in which Pasteur had been embroiled since the publication of Etudes sur le vin. Pasteur sought to prove that the 'diseases' of beer are caused by foreign micro-organisms and proposed a reformed brewing process to eliminate them" (Norman 1658). "The debt which we English brewers owe to M. Pasteur can hardly be over-estimated" (Frank Faulkner, translator, p. xi). Garrison-Morton 2485(note). See Osler 1550; Waller 10966; Norman 1658 (French first edition).
A touch of wear to spine ends. A lovely, near-fine copy of this scarce title in the original cloth.