[ Sir Waldemar Mordechai Wolff Haffkine, Russian bacteriologist described by Lister as "a saviour of humanity". ] Two Autograph Letters Signed and an Autograph Card Signed (all 'W. M. Haffkine') [ to editor ], regarding his entry in Men of the Times.

Author: 
Sir Waldemar Mordechai Wolff Haffkine [ born Vladimir Aaronovich Chavkin ] (1860-1930), Russian bacteriologist described by Joseph Lister as "a saviour of humanity"
Publication details: 
All on letterheads of the Buckingham Palace Hotel [ London ]. All dating from July 1899.
£850.00
SKU: 19761

A Ukrainian Jew, Haffkine found his early career obstructed by his refusal to convert to the Russian Orthodox Church. He emigrated and worked at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, where he developed an anti-cholera vaccine that he tried out successfully in India. He is recognized as the first microbiologist to develop and use vaccines against cholera and bubonic plague. He tested the vaccines on himself. The three items in good conditon, lightly aged. ONE: ALS. 2pp., 12mo. He has been 'away from town', but now hopes to send 'a note on my work' within the week. 'It wd. Be a help to me if you could kindly lend for my inspection either a former edition of the “Men of the Time,” or a specimen proof of another, similar note'. TWO: ALS. 1p., 12mo. 25 July 1899. He has not been able to send 'the sketch in question', having again been out of town. 'I am leaving to morrow again for the day, but shall try to get the note ready on Thursday & let you have it on Friday as you mention.' THREE: ACS. 27 July 1899. 'I hope to be able to send you the biographical sketch promised during the day to-morrow, Friday'. Haffkine autographs do not often appear on the market.