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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
WILLIAM HENRY FOX TALBOT (1800-1877)

The Pencil of Nature

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WILLIAM HENRY FOX TALBOT (1800-1877)
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)
Provenance
With George Rinhart;
to the present owner; acquired 1970s
Literature
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

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