ESSAI SUR L'HISTOIRE DES PANORAMAS ET DES DIORAMAS. EXTRAIT DES RAPPORTS DU JURY INTERNATIONAL DE L'EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE DE 1889; AVEC ILLUSTRATIONS INÉDITES DE M. ÉDOUARD DETAILLE
Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1891. First edition. 4to., 30 pp., 11 plates. The original printed wrappers are lacking two small chips at the spine ends; slight bump at the lower spine end. Very good. Item #53352
Germain Bapst's treatise on panoramas and dioramas, with 11 plates by Édouard Detaille, is the first history of these public theaters of illusion, which were popular during the late eighteenth and first half of the nineteenth centuries; a precursor to motion picture photography.
Roosens and Salu No. 7790. Included as one of the five reprinted titles in: THE PREHISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY: FIVE TEXTS. Arno Press, 1979.