• The Miller-Plummer Collection  auction at Christies

    Sale 2279

    The Miller-Plummer Collection of Photographs

    8 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 532


    The Pencil of Nature

    Price Realised  


    The Pencil of Nature
    London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1844. 11 salted paper prints from calotype negatives; Parts I (plates I-V), III (plates XIII-XV) and IV (plates XV-XVIII), each with accompanying letterpress page, each with plate number '1-5' and '13-18 in ink (on the mount); each accompanied by letterpress description; varying sizes from 6¼ x 7 7/8in. (15.8 x 20cm.) to 5 1/8 x 5in. (23 x 22.8cm.); inscribed 'E.R. Pratt Rebound 1890' in ink (on the flyleaf); 'Notice' pasted to reverse of mount (Plate XIII); Part I with 'Introductory Remarks' and 'A Brief Historical Sketch of the Invention of the Art'; bound in a large 4to. volume, with stamped gilt title 'Sun Pictures, F. [sic] Fox Talbot, 1844' (on the spine)

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    With George Rinhart;
    to the present owner; acquired 1970s

    Pre-Lot Text

    Notice to the Reader. The plates of the present work are impressed by the agency of Light alone, without any aid whatever from the artist's pencil. They are the sun-pictures themselves, and not, as some people have imagined, engravings in imitation. William Henry Fox Talbot


    This copy is listed in the census within: Schaaf, 'Introductory Volume', The Pencil of Nature Facsimile Edition, Hans P. Kraus Jr. Inc., New York, 1989, p. 80