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Title: Recueil descriptif et raisonné des principaux objets d'art ayant figuré à l'Exposition rétrospective de Lyon 1877. Quatre-vingt-trois planches (héliogravures) hors texte.
Description: Lyon, 1878, Proprieté de l'Auteur, Imprimerie Alf. Louis Perrin et Marinet, de Lyon. Gravures Héliographiques, A. Dujardin, De Paris. Clichés Photographiques, Garcin , De Lyon. In-folio, 49 x 33,5 cm, (10) nn pp + 31 pp + 83 illustrations in photogravure on 56 unnumbered plates ; 30 plates have one illustration ; 25 have two illustrations and one plate has three illustrations. Each illustration preceded by an explanatory text leaf, intact with most of the blank serpents which protect the photogravures. (complete but for a blank preliminary leaf). Printed in 500 copies of which 190 on Hollande paper. This is copy 52 on Hollande printed for Monsieur Charles Mannheim. (His art collection was sold in 1898). The plates are signed in print ; '' Héliogravure P. ( Paul) Dujardin - Imp. (Imprimerie) Eudes ''. Kept in a modern cloth box. The photogravures represent art objects from Lyonese public and private collections; sculpture, furniture, embroidery, textile, weaponry... Very early example of a book illustrated with photogravures by the Parisian photographer Paul Dujardin. J.B. Giraud states in the introduction of his publication that he strived for the best quality in reproduction ; ''...nous avons mis à contribution les procédés les plus nouveaux et les plus parfaits de reproduction. Le procédé d'héliogravure Dujardin que nous avons employé....''. We could not establish which photo reproduction process A. Dujardin (brother of Paul Dujardin ?) used for this early example of photogravure ; and if it had any relation with the Karel Klic [Klietch] process allegedly invented on New Year's eve 1877. .

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Price: EUR 1800.00 = appr. US$ 1956.32 Seller: Antiquariaat Wim de Goeij
- Book number: 39742