Paris: Librairie des Auteurs et de l'Académie des Bibliophiles, 1867. Niépce, Nicéphore. First edition. 8vo., 282 pp., portrait frontispiece. The original printed paper wrappers are chipped along the foredge and bottom with a new spine cover added; tips bumped. A very good copy housed in a newly made clamshell box of linen with printed labels. Item #53047
Includes transcriptions of original letters and documents showing that Niépce not Daguerre is the true inventor of photography. "The first photographs made by a camera must be credited to Joseph-Nicéphore Niépce of Chalons-sur Saòne. Although not a single example of these photographs remains to-day, his letters and eye-witness accounts leave no doubt that, between 1816 and 1829 he succeeded many times in fixing the camera's image with comparative permanency... In 1829 Daguerre and Niépce formed articles of partnership to last ten years. Four years after the signing of the contract, in 1833, Niépce died." (Beaumont Newhall) This is the first biography on Niépce and an attack on Daguerre for exploiting Niépce's discovery and work. Some copies were issued with three folding facsimile letters; this copy is was not issued with them.