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#6 - Pierre Curie

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"The water contains no significant radioactivity"
Description                           Estimate: $8,000+          

Sought-after ALS in French, signed “P. Curie,” one page, 5.25 x 8.25, Faculte des Sciences de Paris letterhead, October 12, 1904. Letter to a deputy, in full (translated): "I checked the received water (Lesmenil) for radioactivity. The water contains no significant radioactivity, the reason for accidents of the workers must, therefore, be found elsewhere. Please accept my cordial salutations." In fine condition, with a "Rawlins Collection" sticker to the lower left corner. This letter is illustrated on page 56 of Ray Rawlins’ classic reference book, The Stein and Day Book of World Autographs. Marie and Pierre Curie coined the term 'radioactivity' after research on Henri Becquerel's X-rays led them to the discovery of both radium and polonium. Signed material by Pierre is quite rare, this being only the fourth letter we have offered.

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