Paris: Publications Photographiques Paul Montel, 1925. First edition. 8vo., 319,  pp., 99 illustrations from photographs, drawings and charts in text. Printed wrappers which are moderately stained; bump to the lower corner at the spine. A near very good copy. Item #52247
Georges Potonniée, a French photo-historian, set out to correct the record concerning the discovery and early history of photography - before his HISTOIRE DE LA DÉCOUVERTE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, the contributions of the French were largely ignored in the existing literature; "l'histoire de la photographie est essentiellement française. C'est un Français, Niépce, qui l'a inventée, c'est un Française, Daguerre, qui l'a divulguée" (The history of photography is predominantly French. It is a Frenchman, Niépce, who invented it; it is a Frenchman, Daguerre, who disclosed it).
Potonniée was largely correct in his assessment of Niépce's importance, but he did err with his chronology, dating Niépce's first photograph from nature a full two years earlier than in actuality. His assessment of Talbot's early process as "unworkable" was clearly wrong. It was through his efforts that a statue of Niépce was erected at Saint-Loup-de-Varennes.