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Untersuchungen ueber Bacterien, Pts 1 & 2.
Breslau J.U. Kern's Verlag 1870 Cohn, Ferdinand (1828-98). Untersuchungen ueber Bacterien. In: Beitraege zur Biologie der Pflanzen I, pt. 2 (1872) [127]-224, 1 plate. Breslau: J. U. Kern, 1872. With: Untersuchungen ueber Bacterien. II. Ibid., pt. 3 (1875) [141]-207, 2 plates. Breslau: J. U. Kern, 1875. Also with vol. 1, pt. 1 (1870). 8vo. [6], 131, [1]; [4], 224; [8], 224pp. 15 plates (some chromolithographed). 3 pts. in 2 vols. 224 x 141 mm. Half morocco c. 1875, rebacked retaining original endpapers. Light browning but fine. Booklabel of R. G. L. Dieffenbach on pt. 1 title & endpaper. Small stamp on verso of pt. 1 title & general title (with pt. 3). Smith College Library bookplate. First Edition. Garrison-Morton 2483. Cohn's first paper in 1872 laid out a system of classification of bacteria, distinguishing four groups based on constancy of external form linked with certain physiological phenomena. His second paper of 1875 announced the discovery of heat-resistant spores produced by certain bacteria. Both are very rare. G-M cites a third paper published in 1876; however, the first two papers contain the original contributions, upon which the third only elaborates. Cohn's classification provided a firm foundation for bacteriology as a science. He was founder of the Beitrage in which his papers appeared, and in which Koch's exposition of techniques in bacteriology was given in 1877 (see G-M 2488).
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