Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1841. First edition. 8vo.,, 78,  pp. table and errata, one folded plate. [bound with] Chevalier, Charles. MÉLANGES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES. SUPPLÉMENT DES NOUVELLES INSTRUCTIONS SUR L'USAGE DU DAGUERRÉOTYPE. Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1844. First edition. 8vo., , 127 pp., lacking the folded plate. [bound with] Chevalier, Charles. NOUVEAUX RENSEIGNEMENS SUR L'USAGE DU DAGUERRÉOTYPE. Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1846. First edition. 8vo., 56 pp., 1 plate. [bound with] Gros, Baron [Jean-Baptiste-Louis]. QUELQUES NOTES SUR LA PHOTOGRAPHIE SUR PLAQUES MÉTALLIQUES, EN JANVIER 1850. First edition. Paris: Librairie Encyclopédique Roret, 1850. 8vo., 116 pp., 2 leaves of plates. Bound in contemporary marbled paper over boards with quarter morocco, titled in gilt on the spine. The second, third and fourth titles shows scattered foxing. Very good. Item #52066
Charles Chevalier (1804-1859) was the leading French manufacturer of the camera obscura, lenses and optical instrument. In 1826, he furnished Niépce with a camera and lens of his own design for his early experiments in reproducing images through the agency of light. He told Niépce of the similar experiments of Daguerre, for whom he also made lenses and cameras, as well as advised him on his experiments. It is Chevalier who made the introduction which lead to the partnership between Niépce and Daguerre. Further, Chevalier supplied lenses and camera equipment for William Henry Fox Talbot.
In the first of these three works by Chevalier, considered among the earliest daguerreian manuals, he states a brief history of his involvement with Niépce and Daguerre, the camera and lenses that he manufactured and their superiority to others being marketed, and his own improvements upon Daguerre's process. With the succeeding volumes, he adds current improvements upon the process, and in the last of the three, he provides a 12-paged priced catalogue of his photographic lenses, chemicals, plates, and other accessories for the daguerreian process, with the final pages listing his microscopes. All three are scare to rare with WorldCat locating approximately 20 copies each of the first two titles, and only four for the last title. Roosens & Salu Nos. 2827, 2852, and 2871. Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863 failing to list the first title; the second title is No. 22; and the third title is No. 35.
Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros, 1793 - 1870, in his capacity with the diplomatic service, was stationed in Bogota as chargé d'affaires in the early 1840s, when he learned of Daguerre's invention. Two of his daguerreotypes from Bogota survive. He returned to Paris between 1844 and 1847 and immersed himself making architectural daguerreotypes. He published his first treatise on the process in 1847, and his second in 1850. In 1851, he was one of the founding members of the Société Heliographique, the very first photographic society, and published regularly in its journal, La Lumière.
WorldCat locates only seven copies of this title. Roosens and Salu No. 6512 erroneously cite this as the second edition. Not listed in, Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863.