Pioneering handbook about photographic films

AGFA [Actien-Gesellschaft für Anilin-Fabrication], Ed.: Kine-Handbuch. Parts I-IV in 3 volumes. With 49, where of 24 tinted film images in Leica format. S.l. [Berlin or Bitterfeld-Wolfen]: Agfa s.a. [1927-1932].

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AGFA [Actien-Gesellschaft für Anilin-Fabrication], Ed.: Kine-Handbuch. Parts I-IV in 3 volumes. With 49, where of 24 tinted film images in Leica format (35mm, each with a doubled motive) mounted in 7 plates, as well as 35 text illustrations, showing 3 diagrams and 32, where of 30 full-paged reproductions of b/w photographies. S.l. [Berlin or Bitterfeld-Wolfen]: Agfa s.a. [1927-1932]. 8°. [2 p. (front leaf), 1], 2-86, [2 p. (end leaf)]; [2 p. (front leaf), 1], 2-26; [1], 2-16, [2 p. (end leaf)]; 7 plates. Original thread-stiched cloth binding with title printing on front cover and spine, ornamental end papers incorporating the company's logo (vol. I and II/III), as well as cloth map with 3 flaps resp. (vol. IV).

Pioneering hand-book about the production and handling of photographic films edited by German Agfa, besides Kodak a world market leader in those days and one of the inventors of colour photography for general use (Agfacolour, 1936). Volume I of this comprehensive edition, well printed with letterpress on glossy paper, contains a general and profusely illustrated account on the company, it's premises, facilities and production process in it's factory near Bitterfeld-Wolfen (Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany), as well as detailed instructions about how to handle, store, process and tint photographic films, including receipts and formula mentioning the chemical substances involved. Volumes II and III describe the negative films „Spezial“, „Extrarapid“, „Pankine“, „Kinechrom“, „Aerochrom“, „Tropical“ and „Superpan“, as well as related products. Volume IV finally consists of 49, where of 24 tinted quality film images in Leica format (35mm, each with a doubled motive) mounted in 7 plates, an astonishing exhibition of the company's capacity. According to the introductory text the hand-book was printed earliest in 1927, but obviously before 1932.

Original slipcase is missing, covers in parts with minimal traces of use, leaf with p. 45/46 of vol. I with one professionally restored tear of about 2cm, otherwise very well preserved set of this hard to find early reference work.

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Weight 2 kg