London: Royal Society of London, 1876. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. x, 741 pp. 99 plates. 4to. Recent brown three quarter leather bindings with five raised bands at spine, burgundy title patch with gold embossed titling, gold lines offsetting bands, decorative stamp in each compartment without titling. Numerous folding plates that illustrate articles. Pages were trimmed slightly when rebound. The occasional library stamp as it is an ex-library volume, rebound. Very Good.
John Tyndall (1820-1893) described his experiments with a hermetically sealed chamber in which the atmospheric dust had been allowed to settle; sterilized infusions protected within this chamber remained uninfected for months, while similar infusions exposed to air all showed bacterial growth. Tyndall's researches, along with those of Pasteur, dealt the final blow to the doctrine of spontaneous generation and advanced the understanding of Germ Theory.