Essays on the floating-matter of the air in relation to putrefaction and infection. London: Longmans, Green, 1881.
8vo. xix, [i], 338 pp., plus Original plum cloth, worn, hinges starting; other than some soiling to first few leaves, interior clean, uncut. $200.00
First edition of this significant medical commentary on bacteriology, especially concerning surgical practices. Tyndall (1820-93) discusses the effect of germs on illness, a topic that Lister had recently brought into a public forum through his experiments in antiseptic operating procedures.
"Tyndall interested himself in atmospheric germs and dust. His experiments on sterilization by heat led him to the discovery in 1877 of fractional sterilization (Tyndallization). His work on the subject is included in the above book, in which he also described the bactericidal effects of moulds. The researches of Tyndall, even more than those of Pasteur, dealt the final blow to the doctrine of spontaneous generation; they were fundamental for the progress of bacteriology." G&M, 2495.