LÉCUYER, Raymond.

Histoire de la photographie.

Published: Paris, Baschet et Cie

Date: 1945

Folio, pp. [iv], iv [preface], pp. 452, [4 (table des matières)], including numerous photographic plates; clean interior, very occasional tear in margin; in quarter burgundy buckram with brown paper boards, title on spine, green pattered endpapers with paper pocket on front pastedown, holding bicolour ‘3D’ lenses with card frame; slightly rubbed at extremities only.

First edition of the first thoroughly – and vividly – illustrated history of photography. In addition to numerous duotone figures in the text, there are many imaginatively presented full-page plates, including a reproduction of a calotype positive, with a transparent sheet illustrating the negative laying over it, ‘framed’ in a paper border. One image is reproduced in halftone four times, with the lines per inch varying from 60 to 150 (p. 261), and another image appears in collotype, halftone, héliogravure and rotogravure to illustrate different tones and details (pp. 262–3). Perhaps most vivid are the 7 images that can be viewed with the enclosed bicolour lenses to create the three-dimensional effect (pp. 285–88). Often the source of illustrated early photographs is given: they vary from the author’s own collection, to that of named French individuals, the Société francaise de photographie, and French institutions, as well as private and institutional British and American sources. The book is a very thorough reference, providing bibliographical notes to chapters (pp. 435–444), a general index (pp. 445–[452]), and a table of contents at the end.


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