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The Pencil of Nature.
  • 97827

TALBOT, William Henry Fox.

The Pencil of Nature.

New Introduction by Beaumont Newhall.

Published: New York: Da Capo Press, 1969

Stock code: 97827

Price: £350

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First facsimile edition. Originally published in six fascicles between 1844 and 1846, Talbot’s The Pencil of Nature outlines his investigations into the first practical negative-positive photographic process, the calotype process, and was intended to illustrate the versatility and potential of the this approach. However, due to the difficulties of large-scale photographic publishing at the time, “The Pencil of Nature, a bold effort ahead of its time that had drawn praise from contemporary critics, was discontinued after twenty-four prints in six fascicles had been issued”.

Quarto. Original dark red cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt. With the dust jacket. 24 tipped-in plates with tissue guards. Bookseller’s ticket to front flap of dust jacket. Otherwise a fine copy.

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