Paris: La Librairie Encyclopédique De Roret, 1862. Revised second edition. 2 volumes. 12mo., xix, 256 pp., 71 pp.; xiii, 340 pp., illustrations in text and one folding plate which is lacking a small portion. Illustrated original wrappers, chipped at edges. Stamps from the Cromer Collection on each title and vol. 1 cover, edges toned and worn. The spines have been coated to preserve the chipped text. Housed in new clamshell box of linen over boards with spine label affixed; card divider between volumes. Item #25972
An excellent survey of photographic processes to date. The largest portion is devoted to the daguerreotype - Valicourt was a practitioner of the process and here provides full descriptions of apparatus and chemicals, plates (including daguerreotype) and the various paper processes in use: collodion, albumen and gelatin, etc. Also includes photomechanical techniques.
Valicourt had previously written a few short pieces which appeared as chapters in texts by Smee, and a text on Blanquart-Evrard's paper process from the mid 1840s; in this title he has borrowed and distilled from the the discoveries of Niépce, Daguerre, Fox Talbot, Herschel, Hunt, Blanquard-Evrard, Niepce de St.-Victor, Fizean, Claudet, et al. To call this volume a " Nouvelle édition" is an exaggeration; it is considerably revised and enlarged from the 1851 editiont, and one of the superior compendiums of known photographic processes to date.
Roosens and Salu No. 6542. Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, No. 55, as a first appearance.
Considerably enlarged over the first edition of 1845. OCLC locates only seven copies.