Paris: Gauthier-Villars et Fils, 1890. First edition. 8vo., xviii, 202 pp., 5 unnumbered leaves of plates, other illustrations in text. Printed paper wrappers, which are slightly dust soiled; there is a small chip lacking from the coated spine. Léon Gaumont's neat bookplate and signature on the half-title page, with a 2 page prospectus laid-in. Very good and unopened. Item #26534
"The first International Congress of Photography was held in Paris in 1889, with the object of giving those interested in photography, whatever their nationality, the opportunity of meeting together to discuss questions of general importance. It was hoped that in some cases standards might be agreed upon, so that the confusing and often inconvenient variations that occur, for example, in nomenclature, in definitions, in the character of apparatus, sometimes even in the same country, but noticeable more especially in passing from one country to another, might at least be reduced." AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY, Vol. IV, January - December 1910, p. 226. Among the attendees are: Becquerel, Fizeau, Davanne, Marey, Londe, Vidal, Wada, Abney, Robinson, Ives, Alinari, et al. Among the plates are an early form of a zone or tonal scale, which could be removed for use in the studio. Held in conjunction with the Exposition Universelle de 1889.
The prior owner, Léon Ernest Gaumont was a French inventor, engineer, and industrialist who was a pioneer of the motion picture industry.
Roosens and Salu No. 2326. OCLC locates four copies, with the George Eastman House and the National Gallery of Art as the only North American holders.