Paris: [Vol. 1-4] Bureau de la rédaction; [vol. 5-6] Amyot, 1862-1866. First edition. 6 volumes. 8vo., [Vol. 1] 508 pp.; [Vol. 2] 488 pp.; [Vol. 3], 376 pp.; [Vol. 4] 390 pp.; [Vol. 5] 389 pp.; [Vol. 6] 410 pp.; hundreds of b&w wood engravings. Engraved seal vignettes on each title page. Contemporary binding of quarter morocco in 6 compartments with raised bands and title in gilt on the spine; marbled paper over boards, all edges marbled. Slight scuffing to the spines, with an occasional spot of foxing, with the first volume exhibiting a bit of light toning; else fine and bright. Collates complete. The 4 page quarto Prospectus, dated 1861 is folded and laid-in. Item #25906
Pierre-René-Marie-Henri Moulin du Coudray de la Blanchère, commonly known as Henri de La Blanchère, was born at La Flèche, 1821. His first studies were in forestry, then natural sciences. In 1848, he adopts photography as an aide to his scientific work. By 1856, he has opened a photographic studio in Paris, perfecting a waxed paper process based upon that of Gustave Le Gray, and became a member of the Société Francaise de Photographie. He was a prolific writer and experimenter, and exhibited his photographs until his death in 1880.
An outstanding encyclopedia of all the photographic materials, formulas, apparatus and applications known to date, which a generous number of illustrations. This is referred to as the first encyclopedia of photography, although it is an exhaustive text book of photographic and photomechanical processes.
Uncommon, with Worldcat locating full sets at only these United States libraries: Eastman House, Getty Research, Harvard Fine Arts, University of Michigan, New York Public, Harry Ransom Center, and Johns Hopkins. Roosens and Salu No. 3541.