Paris: Charles Chevalier, 1852. First edition. 8vo., 87 pp. Original printed wrapper. Light scattered foxing on the last few leaves and light chipping to the paper spine. A fine copy, housed in a cloth pamphlet case with printed labels. Item #52075
Alphonse de Brébisson's (1798 - 1872) interest in photography began with Daguerre's announcement in 1839. His research and experiments with the daguerreotype led to his improvements upon the process, which he published in his first manual of 1841. By 1848, he was experimenting with the calotype process; he published his notes that year. He then began his experiments with the wet collodion process introduced by Frederick Scott Archer, and published his unique method of instantaneous dry collodion in 1852. A second, expanded edition was published in 1853. He was a founding member of the Société Français de Photographie, 1854, and participated in three exhibitions, showing his worthy landscapes.
WorlCat locates 6 copies: George Eastman House, Franklin Institute Science Museum, University of Vermont, National Gallery of Canada, Edinburgh University, and the Bibliotheque Nationale de France. Roosens and Salu No. 2043. Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, No. 56.