Paris: A. Gaudin et Frère, 1855. First edition. 8vo., 107  pp., illustrated from wood engravings. Bound in new facsimile wrappers with the original rear printed wrapper included. Ink stamp of the Société Française de Photographie and their release stamp on the title page, with soiling and tears along the bottom edge; several lower tips creased and general wear and soiling. A good copy. Item #26337
Désiré Charles Emanuel van Monckhoven (1834-1882) was a Belgian chemist and photographer; he invented an enlarger, a dry collodion process, and made improvements to the carbon print process. This work, published when he was barely 20 years old, is considered the first edition of his highly influential TRAITÉ GÉNÉRAL DE PHOTOGRAPHIE, a work, which went through several expanded editions.
Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, fails to list any work by Monckhoven prior to his No. 132, TRAITÉ POPULAIRE DE PHOTOGRAPHIE SUR COLLODION...1862. Roosens and Salu No. 2066. OCLC locates only four copies, with George Eastman House, University of Michigan, and University of Texas - Ransom Center as the North American holdings.