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Lavoisier manuscript collection
Lavoisier, Antoine Laurent, 1743-1794.
Kroch Library Rare & Manuscripts (Non-Circulating) Lavoisier 4712 (Box 13)
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"Lavoisier Manuscript Collection, #4712, box 13: Mme. Lavoisier's preliminary sketches and plate proofs for plates I as subsequently published in her husband's Traite elementaire de chimie 1789). Item numbers 13.1-13.6." --- Summary: Letters, notes, legal documents, maps, and plates dating mostly from 1770-1794, relating to Lavoisier’s involvement in Old Regime taxation in France’s Ferme Générale, his scientific work, the Académie des Sciences (of which he was a member), and the Régie des Poudres et Salpêtres (which he administered). Also included are notes and correspondence by Marie-Anne-Pierrette Lavoisier, his wife, who translated English scientific works into French and created the plates for his Traité Elémentaire de Chemie. Letters include correspondence with the Académie des Sciences, Jean Sylvain Bailly, François Baudon, Anne-Margueritte-Charlotte Baudon, Antoine Baumé, Claude-Louis Berthollet, Jean-Antoine-Claude Chaptal, Joseph Black, Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau, Auguste Denis Fougeroux de Bondaroy, Antoine-François de Fourcroy, Benjamin Franklin (photocopy of one letter), Jean-Antoine Lavoisier, Joseph Louis Lagrange, Marie-Anne-Pierrette Lavoisier, Gaspard Monge, Jacques Paulze, and the Régie des Poudres et Salpêtres. Other documents relate to Benoist LaForte, the Ferme Générale, the Académie des Sciences, Mathurin-Jacques Brisson, Joseph Priestley, the Régie des Poudres et Salpêtres, and other aspects of Lavoisier’s life and work. Includes 138 leaves of photocopies of manuscripts in France’s Archives nationales; ca. 85 drawings, proofs, and final plates for Lavoisier’s Traite Elémentaire de Chemie; and a catalogue of the books in the personal library of Lavoisier and his wife, Marie-Anne-Pierrette Lavoisier. Also, a manuscript enumerating the charges against François Joseph Ghislain, with a refutation for each charge. One of the charges concerns a sum that Antoine Laurent Lavoisier drew from the treasury for the Academy of Sciences. Additional manuscripts include notes of meetings of the Académie des sciences (France) in 1786, taken by Auguste Denis Fougeroux de Bondaroy; two letters by Félix Vicq-d’Azyr, including one of July 1793, urging that the Académie des sciences not be closed by the revolutionary government of France; and correspondence or notes by Jean-Antoine-Claude Chaptal, Antoine Maugard, and Louis Bernard Guyton de Morveau. Also included are portraits of Lavoisier, mainly engravings, with one watercolor portrait of him copied from an engraving originally done by Allix around 1820; a bound manuscript of maps of lands belonging to Mme. Lavoisier as of 1791; artifacts that formerly belonged to Antoine Lavoisier or Mme. Lavoisier; and ephemera such as Lavoisier postage stamps.