Paris: G. Masson, 1896. Second ed., revised and considerably enlarged. Thick 8vo.,frontis, xii, 791 pp., 5 leaves of plates with tissue guards, 346 text illustrations. Gilt-titled cloth. INSCRIBED by the author. A very good copy. Item #26324
Albert Londe, 1858-1917, was an influential French photographer and medical doctor and researcher. He was the director of photography at the Salpétrière Hospital in Paris and worked with Jean-Martin Charcot photographing the muscular movements of the patients, some of his earliest studies of movement. His interest in instantaneous photography led him to design a twelve lens camera, coupled with his investigations in artificial lighting sources, which allowed for short duration chronophotographs on a single glass plate. Londe was also a chemist, mechanic, criminologist, a pioneer radiologist, and a member of the Société Française de Photographie, among other prestigious Parisian photographic societies.
This well-illustrated survey, which covers all areas of photography: coatings, apparatus manipulations and applications such as high speed, aerial, cartography, medical, photography of movement, and instantaneous photography, is greatly enlarged from the 1888 first edition, and includes the author's twelve lens camera and other apparatus of his design for chronophotography and artificial lighting.
This copy bears the bookplate of Gustave Le Bon, a noted French medical doctor and polymath, whose theories on the psychology of crowds influenced Theodore Roosevelt, Sigmund Freud, Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler and Vladimir Lenin. The signed inscription from Londe seems fitting," Au meilleur mais des plus difficile ami, Cordial Hommage, Albert Londe." Roosens and Salu No. 6579.