Lilly Library Manuscript Collections


The Gay-Lussac mss., ca. 1844, consist of an autograph manuscript by chemist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, 1778-1850, on the chemistry of wine. Gay-Lussac was appointed to a commission to formulate a code which would make the adulteration or "falsification" of wines illegal. This manuscript, titled Opinion de M. Gay-Lussac sur le projet de loi tendant à  réprimer la falsification des vins, was written as a letter and report of the commission and begins by taking immediate issue with the entire idea that additives in wine, including watering it, constitutes falsifying, and that in any case watering is impossible to control. The manuscript is 72 pages, with many corrections and revisions. It was published, with a slightly different title, in 1844.

Accompanying the manuscript are a few miscellaneous documents relating to its sale in Paris in 1907.

Purchase. Arthur Freeman, Rare Books and Manuscripts. London, England. 1998

Collection size: 1 items

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