Paris: N.-P. Lerebours; Bachelier; London: Claudet, MAI 1842. Third edition. 8vo., 77 pp., large folding plate, ,  catalogue. Quarter morocco and marbled boards with the moderately soiled original printed wrappers bound-in. On pages 7 and 10, a short closed tear at the blank gutter margin has been repaired with clear archival tissue, and two short breaks at the blank foredge margin of p. 73 has also been repaired with archival tissue. A near fine and bright copy. Item #52120
Marc Antoine Augustin Gaudin (1804 - 1880) a skilled French chemist and an early practitioner of the daguerreian process, joined with Noël-Paymal Lerebours (1807 - 1873) an optician and instrument maker, to published this work on an improved daguerreian process: one that made possible shorter exposures and would allow for portraiture. Lerebours' lenses and cameras were among the first commercially marketed; it was before the end of 1839 that Lerebours had constructed a large daguerreotype camera, which produced pictures of 12 x 15 (French) inches. Both Gaudin and Lerebours were founding members of the Société Héliographique.
First published in January of 1842, but dated 1841 on the title page, the first edition was only 48 pp. in length, with pages 49 - 54, a catalog of Lerebours' daguerreian equipment as well as a lengthy advertisement of his publication, EXCURSIONS DAGUERRIENNES. By May of 1842, this manual was in its third iteration with new processes added bringing the manual to 77 pp. Following the folded engraved plate is Lerebours' priced catalogue [16 pp.] of daguerreian apparatus, supplies, publications, and a lengthy advertisement for his EXCURSIONS DAGUERRIENNES.
Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, No. 15, listing the first printing. Roosens and Salu No. 2830, listing the first edition.