DAGUERRE, Louis Jacques Mandé (1787-1851). Historique et description des procédés du daguerréotype et du diorama. Paris: Alphonse Giroux et Cie, 1839.
8° (224 x 140 mm). Half title, lithographed frontispiece portrait of the author and 6 engraved plates. (Some occasional spotting and a few pale stains.) Original pink printed wrappers (spine largely perished, a few chips and stains); quarter morocco folding case.
FIRST EDITION, eighth issue of Daguerre's exposition of his photographic process. No one individual can be called a true inventor of photography, but Daguerre's technique of fixing photographic images on a metallic surface was the first to capture the public's curiosity and imagination, bringing photography out of the laboratories of a few researchers into the mass market. Daguerre's manual, published by order of the government, was quickly sold out. A total of 39 reprints, new editions, and translations appeared in the following 18 months. The great demand accounts for the profusion of issues of the first edition: 7 are recorded, all from the same basic setting of type. Of these the first four differ in the booksellers' names alone. This eighth issue is the first to include a portrait of Daguerre and to have the original plates reengraved. See Dibner 183; Norman 569; PMM 318; Gedeon pp.202-03.