Paris: A. Marion, 1870. First edition. 8vo., 96, [inserts 4, and 8 pp.]; 47 pp Printed paper wrappers detatched, with crude paper repairs to the spine and an erasure on the blank margin of the front wrapper; title page has large piece lacking from the blank margin and several ink library stamps on blank margins. A fair copy. Item #27894
Marion and Company was the largest and most important supplier of photographic equipment and materials in Europe by the second half of the nineteenth century. Their expertise as stationers was of great advantage to the expanding photographic market - they supplied card stock for carte-de-visites, cabinet cards, etc., printed with the photographer's name, address and flourishes; they also were publishers of carte-de-visites of famous personage. Auguste Marion, who lead the firm, was also a prolific experimenter and author of photographic manuals. The first title is a manual of the carbon process. Here Marion introduced at length, his improved carbon process, with mention of others as well. The remainder of the manual is concerned with various silver-salt, iron, and other processes. Adjoined, with separate title and pagination is his trade catalog of papers, apparatus and other products for collodion, wet and dry plate, albumen paper, materials for the carbon process, etc. .
WorldCat locates four copies; New York Public Library, Rijksmuseum, Bibliotheque Nationale de France has a copy with both titles, and one with just the first title. Roosens and Salu No. 6554 for the first title only.