Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1855. First edition. 8vo., li, 416 pp., photolithographic frontis with tissue guard, large folding plate ("Tableau Synoptique des Substances Chimiques Employées en Photographie: Daguerréotypie, Talbotypie, Niepçotypie, Archérotypie and Papiers Positifs"). Contemporary quarter calf and marbled paper over boards, gilt title and decorative devices and rules on spine, with S.F.P. in gilt at the bottom (Société Française de Photographie) and shelf numbers in gilt on the calf portion of the front cover. A remnant of a printed label is affixed to the first blank endpaper; the previous owner, A. Bisey, whose large collection was acquired by the S.F.P., has marked this copy with his small neat stamp in the blank margin of the half-title page and his signature and label in the margin of the title page,. A very good and bright copy. Item #52549
Auguste Belloc, born in Paris in 1800, was a portrait miniaturist and watercolor painter. By 1851, Belloc was making portraits with the daguerreotype and calotype processes. He was one of the founding members of the Société Française de Photographie. In the mid 1850's, he was inventing, manufacturing and selling photographic supplies and equipment, which he continued until his death in 1868. In 1869, Marconi reproduced and published Belloc's exquisite nudes, which were deemed pornographic at the time.
The above listed volume is important as both a theoretical and historical account of the earliest photographic processes; it includes a beautifully produced portrait frontispiece by the photolithographic process which he discusses in the preface.
Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, No. 82. Roosens and Salu fail to locate this first edition of this tile but do list the slightly revised 1858 edition, COMPENDIUM DES QUATRE BRANCHES..., No. 4244.