Chamouin (engraver and publisher)
Collection de 26 vues de Paris prises au daguerréotype. Gravures en taille douce sur acier.
(Paris, mid 1850s ?).
Oblong folio. Engraved title leaf, (3) + 25 engraved plates. Publisher’s gilt and blind stamped cloth, gilt spine, a little weak at inner front hinge (spine worn at head and foot and at joints). A little light spotting at outer margins of plates.
A volume of steel-engraved perspective views of some of the principal buildings of Paris, claimed by the volume’s issuer to be based on daguerreotype photographs. The presence of human figures in the foreground of each plate adds to the charm and period character of the images, and as with similar volumes issued at this period, it provides an illustrated record of the city’s most popular sites before the devastation caused by the Commune in 1871. Although the volume’s title leaf calls for 26 plates, it actually comprises 25 numbered plates, beginning with a view of the Place de la Concorde, and 3 additional unnumbered plates, bound in at the front, making a total of 28 plates in all. The three added plates illustrate the Nouveau Louvre, the Palais de l’Industrie (built in the Champs-Elysées for the Paris Exhibition of 1855), and the lake in the Bois du Boulogne.