8to. 184; 35, ; [iv], 42,  pp., including table of contents for each and half-title for the first edition. The catalogue contains numerous illustrations of photographic and related equipment. Contemporary half-calf and marbled boards, rebacked; interior excellent. The rare first edition of Le Gray’s influential manual including instructions on the preparation of waxed-paper negatives, together with the greatly expanded second edition and a substantial catalogue of cameras and photographic equipment from the leading retailer of the period. No copy of the first edition is listed in either OCLC or COPAC.Le Gray (1820-1884), although trained as a painter, became one of the most famous early photographers. As early as 1848 he was experimenting with the use of paper for negatives. He developed a waxed-paper negative that produced sharper-focus prints. As an alternative to the glass plates used in the wet-collodion process, the dry wax-paper negative was more practical for travelers. It could be prepared days in advance and could be developed days after the photograph was taken. It also allowed for differing colorations and produced a softer, more aesthetically pleasing result than did the glass negative. "The first of his four treatises, published in 1850, boldly—and correctly—asserted that ‘the entire future of photography is on paper.’ In that volume, Le Gray outlined a variation of William Henry Fox Talbot’s process calling for the paper negatives to be waxed prior to sensitization, thereby yielding a crisper image" (Daniel, Malcolm, Gustave Le Gray (1820–1884), In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/gray/hd_gray.htm. According to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Le Gray (1820-1884) was the central figure in early French photography," as well as teacher to many other photographers, including Charles Nègre, Henri Le Secq, Émile Pecarrere, Olympe Aguado, Nadar, Adrien Tournachon, and Maxime Du Camp. In 1850, he took the first official photograph of a French head of state, Louis Napoléon Bonaparte. He then became the family’s official photographer. A year later, Le Gray was put in charge of a team assembled by the French Commission of Historical Monuments to make a photographic inventory of French monuments. Le Gray founded the Société Héliographique, the first photographic organization in the world, and later joined the Société Française de Photographie. During the last two decades of his life, Le Gray traveled throughout the Mediterranean, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt, taking photographs of world leaders and other celebrities, as well as images of various wars. Included in this work is a wonderful, very early catalogue of photographic and related equipment offered by the publishers, Lerebours and Secretan, which contains numerous illustrations plus prices of the equipment offered. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: 1. Nouveau traité théorique et pratique de ...
Publisher: Lerebours et Secretan; Germer Bailliere, ; 1850; 1850.
Publication Date: 1851
Edition: FIRST EDITION.
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