C1820's French Mycologist (fungi) Jean-jacques Paulet Als To Noted Mountaineer
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C1820's French Mycologist (fungi) Jean-jacques Paulet Als To Noted Mountaineer :
c1820's French Mycologist (Fungi) Jean-Jacques Paulet Autographed Letter Signedto Noted Mountaineer Markham Sherwill
This is a fascinating and rare ALS from Jean-Jacques Paulet to Markham Sherwill, inviting him to familiarize himself with an unspecified work which he believes will be of interest to the English nation. The two men were acquaintances, and there is also record of another letter from Paulet to Sherwill (April 20, 1825) noted in the "Catalog of Additions to the Manuscripts in the British Museum..." The brief letter is heavily worn, but manuscript material from Paulet is quite scarce in any condition. Addressed to "Monsieur Sherwill" at "Rue D'Avon, No. 10, Fontainebleau." Sherwill's residence in the French city of Fontainebleau was well known, as eccentric poet Charles Caleb Colton committed suicide there. Written in French. Measures approx. 6.75 inches by 4.5 inches.
The letter roughly translates to:"Doctor Paulet has the honor to respectfully salute Sir Sherwill, son [or junior], and to invite him to familiarize himself with the work which I think may be of interest to the English nation, and that he can communicate with him for the next few days, until he discovers a letter worth being offered to him. Please accept, Sir Sherwill, the assurance of my highest consideration. Paulet, loyal doctor [illegible]"
Jean-Jacques Paulet (1740-1826), was a French Mycologist (Mycology is a branch of biology which studies fungi). Paulet studied in Montpellier, where he received his PhD in 1764. He published a book "History of smallpox, with the means to protect the children..." (1765), followed by other works on wide-spread smallpox protection. Paulet was interested in ergotism, and authored several studies. He published a treatise on the bite of the asp viper in 1805, and his expertise in Mycology was summarized in "Traite complet sur les champignons (1775), which is considered to be a seminal work on fungi. He also wrote two books on botany.
Markham Sherwill (c1787-1845) was a British mountaineer known for his summiting of Mt. Blanc in 1825, described in his book "Ascent of Captain Markham Sherwill, accompanied by Dr. E. Clark to the summit of Mt. Blanc: 25th, 26th, and 27th August, 1825" His father was also named Markham Sherwill, hence the "son" (or junior) written in the letter and address.
CONDITION: Fair condition. The letter is heavily worn and soiled, with folds, creases, age-toning, and a bit of paper loss at left edge due to the wax seal, not affecting any words. Pencil notations at bottom. Please also refer to the images to further view condition.
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