Paris: Roret, 1843. First edition. 16mo., 453 pp., 2 large folding engraved plates. Contemporary quarter calf with morocco label, titled with simple decorations in gilt. Joints slightly rubbed; the foredge of the first plate is a bit soiled, foxed and worn with no loss. Faint foxing on the title page only. A very good copy. Item #53045
Issued in the series, Manuels- Roret, this is an early manual on galvanography and the daguerreotype. Galvanography is the process of coating plates, often with silver, through the use of electricity. Silver plates made in this fashion were essential in making daguerreotypes. Edmond de Valicourt's manual on the daguerreotype comprises p. 323 - 453 and the 2 folding plates; however, p. 384 - 401 is largely devoted to Talbot's paper process.
Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, fails to mention this volume, although it does list later volumes in the series Manuels-Roret. Roosens and Salu No. 4189.