Paris: Amyot, 1859. First edition. 8vo., iv, 280 pp., 32 b&w figures in text. New binding of quarter calf with tips, marbled paper over boards, five raised bands on spine, with gilt titling. Light toning at the edges and slight intermittent foxing. Very good. Item #52551
A detailed manual covering portraiture and the art of photography, making and using collodion wet and dry plates, silver and uranium papers and using albumen and gelatin coatings.
Pierre-René-Marie-Henri Moulin du Coudray de la Blanchère, commonly known as Henri de La Blanchère, was born at La Flèche, 1821. His first studies were in forestry, then natural sciences. In 1848, he adopted photography as an aide to his scientific work. By 1856, he opened a photographic studio in Paris, perfecting a waxed paper process based upon that of Gustave Le Gray, and became a member of the Société Francaise de Photographie. He was a prolific writer and experimenter, and exhibited his photographs until his death in 1880.
Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, No. 114. Roosens and Salu No. 4245. WorldCat locates thirteen copies worldwide.