Paris: Leiber; Leipzig: Jung-Treuttel; Madrid: C. Bailly-Baillère, 1864. First separate edition. 12mo., 35 pp., mounted photo plate frontispiece. Illustrated original paper wrappers, which are creased, occasionally stained; else very good. Housed in a newly-made morocco and cloth clamshell box. Item #26149
Blanquart-Evrard was a prolific inventor of photographic process and a notable publisher of outstanding photographic works. "In 1863, he published an important treatise, Intervention de l'art dans la photographie, in which he describes the negative as a raw material begging to be interpreted by the photographer, modulating shadows and highlights, in order to obtain a relevant and valid artwork. Such a conception predated the pictorialist aesthetic." Pierre-Lin Renié, Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography, p. 168.
Extracted from Mémories de la Société Impériale des Sciences, de l'Agriculture et des Arts de Lille, 1863, this 1864 publication is the first separate edition. The photographic frontispiece was made by F. [Frëdëric] Pierson.
Of this 1864 edition, WorldCat locates only three copies; Deutsches Museum Munchen, Paris - CNAM, and Bibliotheque Nationale de France. Roosens and Salu No. 921.