Paris: Gauthier-Villars, 1883. Second edition. 8vo., xiv, 280 pp., errata, phototypie portrait frontispiece with tissue guard. Quarter cloth and marbled paper over boards, titled in gilt on the spine. Occasional light foxing, board and spine edges lightly rubbed; else very good. Item #53040
Alphonse Louis Poitevin (1819 - 1882) was trained as a chemical engineer. After the early discoveries of Daguerre and Talbot, he became interested in photography, experimenting with daguerreotype plates for the production of printing plates. His experiments led to the method of photomechanical engraving on silver or gold coated metal plates. His experiments with the action of light on bichromated gelatin were the bases for carbon printing and photolithography. His contributions to the development of photomechanical processes made him one of the outstanding inventors of the nineteenth century. Vidal experimented with carbon processes and chromolithography during the period that this book was published, and in 1877, he invented a process for photographing in natural colors.
This is the second edition of Poitevin's 1862 work with a similar title. In this current edition, Léon Vidal has made corrections to the text and has added an appendix to each chapter, bringing up to date the advances that others had made to Poitevin's process.
Roosens and Salu No. 8164. OCLC locates only eight copies; none in North America.