Paris: Chez L'Auteur, Palais-Royal, 1862. First edition. 8vo., 41 pp., full-page engraved frontispiece, plus (6) pp. Printed wrappers which are edge-chipped, show a faint stamp on the front, and staining on the rear. The text has light foxing and toning, with a small bump at the base of the spine; else a better than good copy. Housed in a cloth and paper over boards clamshell box. Item #26091
Arthur Chevalier, was the son of Charles Chevalier, head of the famous Parisian optical firm who provided lenses to Niépce, Daguerre, Talbot and others. It was Charles who first designed the Megascope, an optical device, similar to the camera obscura, for projection of opaque photographs. This manual provides a detailed description for making large images and enlargements, sensitized coatings, plates, papers and apparatus. The frontispiece illustration is of Chevalier's Mégascope Réfracteur Achromatique.
Roosens and Salu No. 3579. Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, No. 133. WorldCat locates thirteen copies.