Paris: The Author, 1858. First edition. 8vo., [iv], 447 pp. Contemporary quarter roan and marbled paper over boards. Mild rubbing at edges; shelf numbers and deaccession stamps of the Société Francaise de Photographie on the blank margin of the half-title and title page, a few blank lower tips are creased. A very good copy. Item #32008
Auguste Belloc, born in Paris in 1800, was a portrait miniaturist and watercolor painter. By 1851, Belloc was making portraits with the daguerreotype and calotype processes. He was one of the founding members of the Société Française de Photographie. In the mid 1850's, he was inventing, manufacturing and selling photographic supplies and equipment, which he continued until his death in 1868. In 1869, Marconi reproduced and published Belloc's exquisite nudes, which were deemed pornographic at the time.
This is an expanded edition of Belloc's LES QUATRE BRANCHES DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE: TRAITÉ COMPLET, THÉORIQUE ET PRATIQUE DES PROCÉDÉS DE DAGUERRE... 1855, important as a theoretical and historical account of the earliest photographic processes.
Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, No. 106. Roosens and Salu No. 4244. OCLC locates only seven copies.