Paris: La Librairie Encyclopédique De Roret, 1851. Nouvelle édition, entièrement refondue, ornée de figures, et mise au courant des perfectionnements les plus récents. 16mo., xvi, 368 pp., 90 pp. publisher's catalogue, illustrations in text, and one large folding engraved plate with 36 figures. Quarter vellum gilt with spine label and marbled paper over boards. The original illustrated wrappers are bound in. An unusually fine and bright copy. Item #52128
An excellent survey of photographic processes to date. The largest portion is devoted to the daguerreotype - Valicourt was a practitioner of the process. Valicourt provides full descriptions of apparatus and chemicals, plates (including daguerreotype) and the various paper processes in use: collodion, albumen and gelatin, etc. Also includes photomechanical techniques.
Valicourt had previously written a few short pieces which appeared as chapters in texts by Smee, and a text on Blanquart-Evrard's paper process from the mid 1840s; in this title he has borrowed and distilled from the the discoveries of Niépce, Daguerre, Fox Talbot, Herschel, Hunt, Blanquard-Evrard, Niepce de St.-Victor, Fizean, Claudet, et al. To call this volume a " Nouvelle édition" is an exaggeration; it is the first full manual on photography written by Valicourt, and one of the superior compendiums of known photographic processes to date.
Not listed in Roosens and Salu. Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, No. 55, as a first appearance.