Book Id: 46607 Autograph letter signed plus offprint of Nouveaux developpements de la chronophographie (1897). Etienne Jules Marey.
Autograph letter signed plus offprint of Nouveaux developpements de la chronophographie (1897)
Autograph letter signed plus offprint of Nouveaux developpements de la chronophographie (1897)

Autograph letter signed plus offprint of Nouveaux developpements de la chronophographie (1897)

Publisher Information: 1892.

Marey, Étienne-Jules (1830-1904). (1) Autograph letter signed to an unidentified correspondent. Bifolium. 4pp. Villa Maria, 14 June 1892. 177 x 115 mm. (2) Nouveaux développements de la chronophotographie. Offprint from Comptes rendus du Congrès des sociétés savants, Revue des travaux scientifiques, section des sciences (1897). 35pp. Folding plate, text illustrations. Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1897. 248 x 166 mm. Original printed wrappers, a bit sunned. Together 2 items. Very good.

Marey was a pioneer in cinematography, inventing devices to record movement over time that permanently altered our ways of visualizing time and motion. Inspired by Muybridge’s photographs of animals in motion, Marey invented a single-camera system capable of decomposing movement into precise phases and recording them on a single photographic plate. This process, which he called “chronophography,” helped lead the way to the development of the motion picture.

Marey’s letter, while difficult to decipher, is dated early in Marey’s work in chronophotography. It contains references to cinematic subjects, including the Mackenstein camera—the first single-lens camera able to film up to 20 images per second—and George Eastman’s patented roll film, the first successful photographic film in roll form. The accompanying offprint, describing Marey’s latest developments in chronophotography, includes a large plate with cinematic images, as well as an account (pp. 27-28) of Marey’s meeting with Thomas Edison when the latter was in Paris exhibiting his inventions at the Universal Exposition of 1889. During that meeting Marey showed Edison an example of chronophotography on moving film, which inspired Edison to invent his famous Kinetoscope. M. Braun, Picturing Time: The Work of Étienne-Jules Marey, pp. 189-90.

Book Id: 46607

Price: $1,500.00

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