Paris: Susse Frères, Éditeurs, Place de la Bourse, 31; Delloye, Librairie, Place de la Bourse 13, 1839. First edition, first issue, second imprint. 8vo., [ii] [half-title, notice of publisher],  [title page, table on contents], 79 pp., . 1 advert., 6 plates. [bound with] Chevalier, Charles. NOUVELLES INSTRUCTIONS SUR L'USAGE DU DAGUERRÉOTYPE. DESCRIPTION D'UN NOUVEAU PHOTOGRAPHE...GALVANOPLASTIE. Paris: Chez L'Auteur, et Chez Baillière, 1841. First edition. 8vo., [ii], 78, , folded plate. [bound with] Queslin [Amédée]. LE DAGUERRÉOTYPE RENDU FACILE, PRÉCIS DES PROCÉDÉS LES PLUS SIMPLES ET LES PLUS PROMPTS POUR LA REPRODUCTION DES IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES. SUIVI D'UNE NOTICE SUR LA REPRODUCTION ET LA DORURE DES ÉPREUVES PAR LA GALVANOPLASTIE. Paris: Chez Queslin (Amédée), et Chez Méquignon-Marvis, Juin 1843. First edition. 8vo., [ii], 65 pp., ,  priced catalogue. [bound with] Daguerre (Louis-Jacques Mandé). NOUVEAU MOYEN DE PRÉPARER LA COUCHE SENSIBLE DES PLAQUES DESTINÉE A RECEVOIR LES IMAGES PHOTOGRAPHIQUES. LETTRE A M. ARAGO. Paris: Bachelier, 1844. First edition. 8vo., 16 pp.
The first title shows faint stain to the top blank margin of the first 25 pages, the title by Queslin has a few faint spots of foxing, and the final work by Daguerre toned with moderated scattered foxing. In all, these four works are in fine condition. This group of primary daguerreian manuals was assembled by Comte Léon de Laborde, and bound for him in half green morocco and marbled paper over boards; the spine is in six compartments, of which four bear his monogram in gilt of a crown and his interlocking initials. Housed in a clamshell box of quarter morocco and cloth, with raised bands and simple gilt rules, lined in suede. Item #52082
This important collection of daguerreian manuals was bound for Comte Léon de Laborde (1807 - 1869) the son of a prominent Parisian family. He studied archaeology and art history at the University of Göttingen, and traveled extensively through Egypt, Syria, Sinai and Arabia before joining the French diplomatic service. By 1847, he was appointed Conservator of Antiquities at the Louvre Museum. By 1849, Laborde had realized the importance of photography as both an artistic and documentary tool; he proposed photographing the entire Louvre collection - it was never accomplished. Laborde's interest in photography led him to studied photography under Gustave Le Gray, and as a representative of the Commission des Monuments Historiques, he approached the Sociéte Héliographique in 1851, of which he was also a member, to enlist Le Gray, Henri le Secq, Hippolyte Bayard, and Édouard Baldus to photographically record the historic buildings of France. Laborde was instrumental in the organization of the third exhibition of the Société Française de Photographie in 1859. In her excellent article in REAL/IDEAL: Photography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France, Anne de Mondenard states, "Despite Laborde's relative obscurity today, he seems to be a pivotal figure who invested tremendous efforts throughout the year 1849 in promoting photography."
The first title is Daguerre's primary published work, which includes the detailed manual of his process. According to Beaumont Newhall, the first issue was released on or about 20 August 1839 and bears the imprint of Giroux et Cie, and Delloye. The printing was performed by Béthune et Plon. Of this, only three copies are known to have survived. On 14 September, copies of this first printing by Béthune et Plon, were released for sale with the imprint of Susse Freres, Editeurs, and Delloye. It is identical to the first issue with the exception of the imprint, and the 3 pages of advertisements which follow the text. Bibliographically speaking, this is the first edition, first issue, second imprint. It is the first obtainable edition, and it too is rare, with WorldCat locating less than 10 copies. By 1840, this manual went through 30 printings and numerous editions and translations. For a chronological listing, see Beaumont Newhall, AN HISTORICAL & DESCRIPTIVE ACCOUNT OF THE VARIOUS PROCESSES OF THE DAGUERREOTYPE & DIORAMA BY DAGUERRE. Winterhouse, NY, 1971. p. 269 - 277. However, in the article by Pierre G. Harmant in HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY: AN INTERNATIONAL QUARTERLY, January 1977, p. 79 - 83, a convincing argument is presented that the first copy Daguerre saw of his manual on September 7, the date of his first public presentation, bore the imprint of Susse Frères, not Giroux. Printing and the Mind of Man No. 318b. Hoblit/Grolier No. 21a (4th issue). Norman No. 569. Roosens and Salu No. 2778a. Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, No. 4, listing this imprint and not Giroux.
In the title by Chevalier, among the earliest daguerreian manuals, he states a brief history of his involvement with Niépce and Daguerre, the camera and lenses that he manufactures and their superiority to others being marketed, and his own improvements upon Daguerre's process. Although WorldCat locates upwards of 20 copies of this work, it is uncommon and certainly one of the earliest to expand upon Daguerre's process. Roosens and Salu No. 2827. Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, fails to locate this manual.
Amédée Queslin (1819 - 1883) an optical instrument maker, assumed the shop and living quarters on rue de la Bourse of the deceased P.M.A Chevallier, the instrument maker and optician to the King in 1842. His 1843 manual on the daguerreotype lists for sale cameras, lenses and other optical instruments of his design and manufacture, and other articles and chemicals needed for the daguerreian process, as well as his own improvements upon the process. WorldCat locates only four copies: George Eastman House, Metropolitan Museum of Art, University of Pennsylvania, and the Bibliotheque de la France. Roosens and Salu No. 2847. Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, fails to locate this title.
In Daguerre's 1844 letter to Arago, he discusses further improvements to the coating and development of his process. This was his last published piece. WorldCat locates only four copies: Smithsonian Institute, Wagner Free Institute of Science, University of Texas - Harry Ramsom Center, and the Bibliotheque de la France. Roosens and Salu fail to locate this work. Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, No. 27.