1858 · Paris
by Delestre, J.-B [Jean-Baptiste]
Paris: Desloges, 1858. First edition. 8vo., 208,   pp.,1 full-page illustration. Contemporary quarter morocco gilt and textured paper over boards. A fine and bright copy with only the occasional spot of light foxing. This "Annual" at first presented a bibliographic conundrum; Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863 (the first bibliography of French photographic literature, listed chronologically) lists this as number 98, with a slightly abbreviated title as the Second Edition 1858, which conforms with OCLC 491475699, 504193354, 40831049, and 457567209, as well as with Koelzer, Walter. BIBLIOGRAPHY OF PHOTOGRAPHIC AND CINEMATOGRAPHIC PERIODICALS 1840 - 1940, No. 01030. However, OCLC 1040911509 [ Bibliotheque Geneve] indicates the publication date as 1861. Roosens and Salu No. 6513 lists an early manual by Delestre with the title TRAITÉ DE PHOTOGRAPHIE: RÉSUMÉ DES PROCÉDÉS LES MEILLEURS POUR LA PLAQUE MÉTALLIQUE...[185_?], and five copies with the same title are located in OCLC; The University of California and George Eastman House indicate the date of publication as 1850; The University of Chicago and Edinburgh University list the date as 1857; The National Gallery of Canada copy is listed as 1860-69? Fortunately, I had previously owned a copy of TRAITÉ DE PHOTOGRAPHIE and was able to discern the following: TRAITÉ DE PHOTOGRAPHIE... and ANNUAIRE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE... [Second edition] are nearly identical in content; some copies list a [4 pp.] supplement, which is mentioned at the end of title as PHOTOGRAPHIE SUR TISSUS, COLLODION SUR TOILE CIRÉE. However, our copy is yet another issue, with the addition of another [4 pp.] supplement by Casimir Lefebvre dated 1861, and the title page, which is a cancel printed on a lighter weight paper and slightly smaller in width, does not state second edition. What may be concluded is that sales of TRAITÉ DE PHOTOGRAPHIE were slight, and the publisher changed the title to ANNUARE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE with a new title page stating the date as 1858, and further, issuing copies with a cancel titlepage with no date and adding supplements at the end. To conclusively state the priority of the issues of ANNUAIRE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE remains inconclusive. However, only the copy held by the Bibliotheque Geneve and our copy extend the contents to 1861. Rare in any issue.
(Inventory #: 53069)