Robert Koch

German physician and pioneering microbiologist, 1843-1910

"The founder of modern bacteriology, Koch is known for his role in identifying the specific causative agents of tuberculosis, cholera, and anthrax and for giving experimental support for the concept of infectious disease. In addition to his trail-blazing studies on these diseases, Koch created and improved laboratory technologies and techniques in the field of microbiology, and made key discoveries in public health. His research led to the creation of Koch’s postulates, a series of four generalized principles linking specific microorganisms to specific diseases that remain today the ""gold standard"" in medical microbiology. As a result of his groundbreaking research on tuberculosis, Koch received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1905."

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Koch, Robert

Bakteriologe und Nobelpreisträger (1843–1910). Autograph letter signed („R. Koch“). Grosseto. 2½ SS. Gr.-8vo.
$ 10,663 / 9.500 € (26201)

Letter rich in content about his studies for mosquitos to a young fellow, apparently Giovanni Galli, who regularly compiled mosquito deliveries for Koch’s malaria research: „The last parcels of mosquitos, also the ones from Colico I received in good order. The continued monitoring of mosquitos that appear in Vernato led into an interesting result. We found out that the same cirumstances are existing like in other fever areas that are long way away, like Szilia and in the northern part of Germany in the swamp areas of the Weser.

Unfortunately I won’t be able to continue my important studies as I have to leave in the next days Grosseto to travel via Rome and Naples to Batavia. Maybe we can continuing the mosquito collection upon my return again. – Somewhat browned and with tear to folds (old re-backed)..

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Koch, Robert

Bakteriologe und Hygieniker (1843-1910). Autograph letter signed. Berlin („Charitéstr. 1“). 1¾ SS. 8vo. Mit Umschlag (eine Marke abgelöst).
$ 15,714 / 14.000 € (47002)

To hygienist Giuseppe Sormani (1844-1924) at Pavia, President of the Reale Società Italiana d’Igiene, thanking for his appointment as honorary member of the society. - Minimal gebräunt, am Unterrand schwach fleckig.

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Koch, Robert

bacteriologist and Nobel Prize Winner(1843-1910). Autograph Letter Signed ("R. Koch"). Berlin. 2 1/2 pp recto and verso, 8vo (conjoined leaves). On stationery of The Royal Institute for Infectious Diseases, large tear from second leaf affecting a portion of text, some tape repair and a small hole to first leaf.
$ 5,051 / 4.500 € (60683)

In the present letter Koch excuses himself from a lecture invitation on the grounds that he is 1) too busy catching up after his return (from the tropics), 2) that he was been away too long from the society to know the group, and 3) that he will still be engaged in malaria research at that date. "The pace of travel and discovery was frenetic. After having spent only nine months in Germany over a period of four years Koch returned to Berlin in October 1900. By that time, Pasteur, Koch and their disciple microbe hunters, seeking salvation for humankind and perhaps a little glory for themselves, had in the space of just over two decades identified 21 germs that cause disease.

'As soon as the right method was found, discoveries came as easily as ripe apples from a tree,' Koch said. And it was Robert Koch who had developed those methods." (Persson Smallpox, Syphilis and Salvation, 2010, p 90). WITH: Cabinet card woodburytype portrait of Robert Koch, light spotting to mount..

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Koch, Robert

Bakteriologe (1843-1910). Kabinettphotographie. [Berlin. 142:101 mm.
$ 561 / 500 € (76343/BN49119)

Seltenes Portrait im mittleren Mannesalter. Aus dem Atelier Loescher & Petsch, Berlin.

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Koch, Robert

E. Postkarte mit U. („R. Koch“).
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To the counsellor Köhler in Berlin: „Arrived today in Zanzibar, tomorrow I will walk to Aden and from there to Bombay […]”. – During a stay in Bulawayo in March 1897 Koch had received the demand from the German government to travel to India, where the pest had broken out.


Koch, Robert

Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("Dr. Koch").
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To the Erlangen pharmacologist Wilhelm Filehne, regarding his desire to conduct research at Koch's institute during the summer months. - Wilhelm Filehne was Rudolf Virchow's assistant in 1868 and later that of Ludwig Traube. In 1886 he became professor of pharmacology in Breslau.


Koch, Robert

Eigenh. Brief mit U. ("R. Koch").
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To an unnamed colleague, probably the food chemist Gustav Rupp at Karlsruhe University, apologizing for not knowing anyone suitable for a vacant position: "Unter den mir bekannten jüngeren Bakteriologen und Hygienikern habe ich Umschau gehalten, aber weder selbst eine geeignete Persönlichkeit für die Assistentenstelle an der Station für Lebensmittel-Untersuchungen finden können, noch auch von Anderen, die ich, natürlich in diskreter Weise, um Auskunft gebeten habe, etwas erfahren können, was Ihren Zwecken gedient hätte. Ich bedaure daher sehr, Ihnen in dieser Angelegenheit keine Vorschläge machen zu können […]". - The great German physician and pioneering microbiologist is regarded as the founder of modern bacteriology; he is known for his role in identifying the specific causative agents of tuberculosis, cholera, and anthrax and for giving experimental support for the concept of infectious disease. As a result of his epoch-making research on tuberculosis, Koch received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1905.