Paris: Leiber; Leipzig: Jung-Treuttel; Madrid: C. Bailly-Baillère, 1864. First separate edition. 12mo., 35 pp., mounted albumen photo frontispiece. Illustrated paper wrappers. The wrappers have light chipping to the spine and lower front tip, with light toning at the edges. A very good copy housed in a newly made cloth and marbled paper over boards folder. Item #51140
Blanquart-Evrard was a prolific inventor of photographic processes and a notable publisher of outstanding photographic works. "In 1863, he published an important treatise, INTERVENTION DE L'ART DANS LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, in which he describes the negative as a raw material begging to be interpreted by the photographer, modulating shadows and highlights, in order to obtain a relevant and valid artwork. Such a conception predated the pictorialist aesthetic." Pierre-Lin Renié, Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography, p. 168. First published in: Mémories de la Société Impériale des Sciences, de l'Agriculture et des Arts de Lille, 1863; this 1864 publication is the first separate edition. The photographic frontispiece was made by F. Pierson.
Of this 1864 edition, WorldCat locates only three copies: Deutsches Museum Munchen, Paris - CNAM, and Bibliotheque Nationale de France. Roosens and Salu 921.