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Michel Adanson notes on nitrate

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Accession: 0906

Abstract

During his lifetime, French botanist Michel Adanson (1727-1806) assembled a large number of notes and documents for a projected but never completed scientific encylcopedia. This collection of Adanson's notes focuses on nitrates, including saltpeter.

Dates

  • undated

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Extent

20 item(s)

Physical Description

20 pages.

Historical Note

During his lifetime, French botanist Michel Adanson (1727-1806) assembled a large number of notes and documents for a projected but never completed scientific encylcopedia. As late as 1934, these notes were stored in 48 bundles in the castle of Baleine at Villaneuve-sur-l'Allier, but they were subsequently dispersed.

Scope and Content

The notes are classified under the headings "nitre des végetaux," "- Nitre," "Salpêtre." " - Sa formation," "- Ses mélanges," "- Nitre ammoniacal," etc. They fill from six lines to a full page for each sheet, except for the draft of one long article, apparently for the planned encyclopedia, with references to Antoine Lavoisier and Joseph Priestley. This article covers five and a half pages in Adanson's small hand and is illustrated with tiny pen-and-ink drawings of apparatus. There are also two clippings from newspapers (1777-1778) with underlinings and marginal notes.

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No restrictions on use.

Language of Materials

French


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Finding Aid & Administrative Information

Title:
Michel Adanson notes on nitrate
Status:
Description rules:
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description:
English
Script of description:
Latin

Repository Details

Repository Details

Part of the Manuscripts and Archives Repository

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