Paris: A. Marion, 1870. First edition. 8vo., 96, [inserts 4, and 8 pp.]; 47 pp. Original printed wrappers which bear a presentation from the author to "Monsieur Poitevin" on the margin of the front wrapper. A fine, near new copy, house in a cloth over boards clamshell case with printed paper labels. Item #52071
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.
The presentation to Alphonse Louis Poitevin may be considered an homage; Poitevin is credited for establishing the principles of photo-lithography, carbon printing and collotype printing.
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.