Paris: Bachelier, 1839. 903,pp. Large, thick quarto. Modern half morocco and cloth, edges wholly untrimmed and largely unopened. Some tanning at extreme edges, half- title and errata tanned, half-title chipped at lower fore-corner, but a nice, fresh copy. Item #WRCLIT72379
First edition. On pp. 250 through 267 appears the printed record of Francois Arago's detailed presentation to the Academy, made in August, of Daguerre's development of the photographic process that came to bear his name, constituting its first official description to the scientific community. A letter from Daguerre to Arago, "Des procédés photogéniques considérés comme moyens de gravure," and comments addressing other relevant issues appear on pages 423 - 430, and a briefer note from Daguerre to Arago appears on pp.512-513. Arago's RAPPORT ... was also published separately, and Daguerre's own work, HISTORIQUE ET DESCRIPTION DES PROCÉDÉS DU DAGUERRÉOTYPE ET DU DIORAMA appeared the same year, but was preceded by Arago's August presentation. PRINTING & THE MIND OF MAN 318 (note). HORBLIT 21b (note).