Paris: A. Liébert, 1864. First edition. 8vo., xii,422, 15 pp. engraved figures in text. Contemporary quarter leather, gilt titled and decorated within raised bands on spine and marbled paper over boards. Light rubbing to the edges; else a fine and bright copy. Following the text is a 15 page advertisement and testimonial for Liébert's CHAMBRE SOLAIRE UNIVERSELLE, an optical device for projecting and enlarging. Item #53059
Alphonse Justin Liébert (1827-1913) a French naval officer, resigned his commission and opened a photographic studio in San Francisco, 1851. By 1864, he was back in Paris, where he introduced the melainotype (tintype) and was an early advocate of the carbon process.
In this survey of American approaches to photography he included studio design, lighting apparatus, darkroom work and enlarging as well as photo-sculpture, many of his own design.
Roosens and Salu No. 6546.