1835 · Metz
by Dembour, A. [Adrien-NÃ©pomucÃ¨ne]
Metz: Imprimerie de S. Lamort, 1835. Revised edition. 4to., 31 pp., plus 8 plates. Contemporary plain tan paper wrappers which show age-toning, staining and wear at the edges with a repair to the spine on the blank verso. The text block and plates are mildly damp stained and show moderate wear and soiling and are partially disbound. Laid in a newly made clamshell box of cloth with a printed paper spine label. A good copy of a rare pamphlet. " Relief etching on copper, or ecktypography, was the name which A. Dembour, an engraver in Metz (Lorraine), called the relief process invented by him in 1834. He made drawings on copper plates with greasy varnish and etched away the bottom, which was not covered by the varnish. This is perhaps one of the first publications on the so-called relief etching for letter press printing..." Eder's HISTORY OF PHOTOGRAPHY, 1945.
The first edition, 1834, was only 17 pp., with one or more plates of which OCLC locates only 2 copies, both in France. For this expanded edition, OCLC locates only 7 copies. (Inventory #: 26294)