London, South Kensington
5 November 1992
V. J. E. DAMOIZEAU, Paris
A comprehensive and very fine Cyclographe outfit, comprising a 30cm. format wood-body camera with lacquered brass fittings, detachable red and green leather bellows, removable back standard and baseboard section with plate P. Gochard, Annecy, focusing back with green-cloth hood, wood-body combined clockwork motor and film holder with two film spools and plate P. Gochard, Annecy, camera tripod mounting, circular tripod top, three tripod legs, brass bound spirit level, three brass bound lenses comprising a Darlot, Paris 18+24 lens with wheel stops, a Berthiot, Paris Eurygraphe No. 12 Serie IVa f/6.2 360mm. lens no. 6765 and an unsigned lens with rack and pinion focusing and Waterhouse stops, in three fitted canvas cases.
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Coe (1978), Cameras, p. 172, 173.
Dalbera, J., 'Le Cyclographe à foyer fixe De J. Damoizeau, Ingénieur' in Cyclope (No. 5, Printemps 1991), p. 54-58.
Lothrop (1973), A Century of Cameras, p. 75.
This camera is usable in two parts, either as the full size version using both bellows (as illustrated here) or with a single bellows and one part of the camera baseboard which divides into two. The tripod head also reduces in diamater by removing an outer section to accomadate the reduced camera.
This is the first model of Damoizeau's panoramic camera which was introduced late in 1890. It was the subject of British patent no. 17,522 of November 4 1890 and related 'to apparatus for taking in any desired angle, or the entire horizon, for producing panoramic views for plans, landscapes &c'.
The clockwork mechanism rotated the camera around a circular platform and wound on the film concurrently. This example is in excellent original condition.
A second model appeared in 1893 with a boxform body and is illustrated in Lothrop.
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