NY: Tennant and Ward, 1936. First English language edition. 8vo., x, 272 pp. Publisher's cloth. Endpapers slightly darkened, else very good. Item #25329
Georges Potonniée, a French photohistorian, set out to correct the record concerning the discovery and early history of photography - before his HISTOIRE DE LA DÉCOUVERTE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, the contributions of the French were largely ignored in the existing literature; "l'histoire de la photographie est essentiellement française. C'est un Français, Niépce, qui l'a inventée, c'est un Française, Daguerre, qui l'a divulguée" (The history of photography is predominantly French. It is a Frenchman, Niépce, who invented it; it is a Frenchman, Daguerre, who disclosed it).
Potonniée was largely correct in his assessment of Niépce's importance, but he did err with his chronology, dating Niépce's first photograph from nature a full two years earlier than in actuality. His assessment of Talbot's early process as "unworkable" was clearly wrong. It was through his efforts that a statue of Niépce was erected at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes.
This English translation of the original Parisian edition of 1925 is limited to 300 copies.