Paris: G. Masson, 1888. First edition. 8vo.,frontis, 312 pp., 3 leaves of plates with tissue guards, 96 text illustrations. Publisher's cloth with decorative spine, t.e.g. Occasional faint foxing. A near fine copy. Item #52110
A well-illustrated survey, which covers all areas of photography: coatings, apparatus manipulations and applications such as high speed, aerial, cartography, medical, etc. The final two chapters are of particular interest; Photography of Movement, and Instantaneous Photography; the former largely concerned with the work of Muybridge and Marey, and the latter including devices of his own invention.
Albert Londe, 1858-1917, was an influential French photographer and medical researcher. He was the director of photography at the Salpétrière Hospital in Paris and worked with Jean-Martin Charcot photographing the muscular movements of the patients, some of his earliest studies of movement. His interest in instantaneous photography led him to design a twelve lens camera, coupled with his investigations in artificial lighting sources, which allowed for short duration chronophotographs on a single glass plate. Londe was also a chemist, mechanic, criminologist, a pioneer radiologist, and a member of the Société Française de Photographie.
Roosens and Salu No. 6579. This copy is inscribed, "A Monsieur et Madame Paul Londe..."