1857 · Paris
by Belloc, A. [Auguste]
Paris: Chez L'Auteur, 1857. First edition. 8vo., III, 276 pp. Contemporary quarter calf, titled in gilt and marbled paper over boards. Tips rubbed and light chipping at the joints. Laid-in is a 2 page holograph sheet of items purchased from Belloc. Very good. Auguste Belloc, born in Paris in 1800, was initially a portrait miniaturist and watercolor painter. By 1851, Belloc was making portraits with the daguerreotype and calotype processes. He was one of the founding members of the SociÃ©tÃ© FranÃ§aise de Photographie. In the mid 1850's, he was inventing, manufacturing and selling photographic supplies and equipment, which he continued until his death in 1868. In 1869, Marconi reproduced and published Belloc's exquisite nudes, which were deemed pornographic at the time.
Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, No. 95. Roosens and Salu No. 2076.
(Inventory #: 53198)