Paris: Gide et J. Baudry; Leipzig: T.O. Weigel, 1854 - 1859. First editions. 12 volumes. 8vos., approximately 7,000 pp., illustrations in text. Contemporary gilt titled quarter calf and marbled paper over boards. Light rubbing on the spine, the lower tips of vol. 1, and faint foxing on the fore edge of a few volumes. A contemporary article and portrait of Arago are tipped to the endpapers of the first volume. A bright and near fine run of the first 12 of 17 volumes. Item #54419
François Dominique Arago (1786-1853), secretary of the Academie des Sciences, was the first to communicate Daguerre's discovery to the world. These first 12 volumes include biographical notices, scientific notices reports on travels, etc. Volume 7 includes Arago's 62 page report on Le Daguerreotype, which also discusses Daguerre's relationship with Niépce; Niépce's process and how it relates to Daguerre's work; scientific uses for Daguerreotypes; Talbot's work; making photo engravings; etc. The complete works extended to 17 volumes, with volumes 13 - 16 concerned with popular astronomy, and volume 17 including Flourens oration at Arago's funeral, chronological notes on Arago's work, various tables, and a general index to the oeuvres.
Roosens and Salu No. 319 listing the set at 13 volumes
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