The directors of the Gunpowder Administration (established in 1775) published this book on the cultivation of saltpeter, undoubtedly written by Lavoisier, in the hopes of fostering a domestic supply of artificially produced saltpeter. Cultivation of saltpeter was not much practiced in France, except near Lavoisier’s ancestral town of Villier-Cotterets.
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Painted lead soldiers, ca. 1948
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