This print is one of the same images produced as heliogravures in a very rare and important book on French wild herbs, but this print is apparently an uncut test proof for the book with irregular black borders. It is not the same process used to produce the prints in the book itself. The book was entitled "Herbier Forestier de la France" and was published by De Gayffier in 1868. It was noteworthy because it was one of the first such books illustrated with photography rather than lithographs or engravings. It was one of the first instances to actually photograph true forest foliage and to document it, rather than the large parks near Paris, such as the Bois de Bologne. De Gayffier had been appointed by the Minister of Agriculture to its "special photographic operations" in 1867.
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Medium Poitevin Process
Photo Date 1867c Print Date 1867c
Dimensions 10-3/4 x 8-3/8 in. (273 x 213 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
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