Princeton University Library Catalog

The pencil of nature / by H. Fox Talbot.

Talbot, William Henry Fox, 1800-1877 [Browse]
London : Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans, 1844 [i.e. 1844-1846].
[80] p., [24] leaves of plates : ill. ; 31 cm.
  • "The first publication of photographs conjoined to a printed text"--Goldschmidt & Naef.
  • Issued in 6 pts., 29 June 1844-23 April 1846.
  • The plates are mounted photographs (calotypes) by Talbot, printed at the Reading Establishment under the supervision of N. Henneman and, later, B. Cowderoy.
  • The prints are mounted on stiff card, within a single rule inked border, and numbered in the lower right in ink or pencil.
  • Plates 1 and 5 exist in 2 different images. Plate 1: in earlier copies, the building is cropped; in later copies, the building is fully visible. Plate 5: in earlier copies, the bust faces straight ahead and the print measures 12.5 x 13.5 cm.; in later copies, the bust faces to the left and the print measures 17.5 x 17 cm.
  • GAX copy: NOTICE: Access to this volume is restricted. Inquire in Graphic Arts Division.
  • GAX copy has plate 1 with building cropped and plate 2 with bust facing straight ahead.
  • Title printed in red and black within border of type ornaments.
  • A 3-line slip, "Notice to the Reader", was inserted in most or all copies of pt. 2; a 5-line slip was inserted in pts. 3-6 and later issues of pt. 1.
  • Each pt. was issued in cream paper covers, with decorated front cover lithographed in black and red; the pts. were numbered in ms. The front cover was retouched as pt. 5 was being issued: some copies of pt. 5, pt. 6, and later copies of pt. 1 have the cover in second state.
  • GAX copy bound in contemporary calf by James Hayday; housed in light brown buckram clamshell box.
  • "Brief historical sketch of the invention of the art": pt. 1, p. [7]-[27].
  • GAX copy has bookplate of William Twopeny.
  • GAX copy has stamp on t.p.: Camera Club Library, catalogued & indexed 1930 by Hal. D. Bernstein, librarian.
  • NOTICE: Because these photographs fade irreversibly in light, access to this volume is restricted. Less sensitive facsimiles are available under same author and title. Inquire in Graphic Arts Division.
Source acquisition:
GAX copy is a gift of David H. McAlpin, class of 1920.
  • Yanul, R. Photographically illustrated books before 1860, p. 16.
  • Goldschmidt & Naef. Truthful lens, 160.
  • Gernsheim, H. Incunabula of British photographic literature, 6.
Other format(s):
Also available in an electronic version.
  • Salted paper prints England London 1844-1846.
  • Book illustrations England 1844-1846.
  • Photographs England London 1844-1846.
  • Photographs, Original Illustrations in books.
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England London.
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