New York: Da Capo Press. First edition thus. Small folio. Gilt decorated maroon cloth. Fine in dustjacket with a bit of wear to the extremities and two short closed tears to the rear panel else near fine. A beautiful copy of the 1969 facsimile edition (with tipped-in plates and tissue guards) of William Henry Fox Talbot's classic treatise on the story of the discovery of the negative-positive photographic process written by it's inventor. From the introduction "'The Pencil of Nature' is a classic. It is a collection of paper photographs made by the inventor of the process, William Henry Fox Talbot, with his account of the discovery and prediction of uses to which it might be put. It is the first book illustrated with photographs and the first mass production of photographs. It stands in relation to the history of photography as does the Gutenberg Bible to printing". Additionally from the front flap "Working independently of Louis Daguerre, Talbot arrived at a technique which rendered the daguerrotype obsolete by making possible the mass printing and publication of photographs. This exciting account of Talbot's researches - from his tentative and primitive attempts at preparing 'light sensative' paper to his development of those sophsticated procedures which yielded the twenty-four photographs he used to illustrate 'The Pencil of Nature' - describes his experiments and reveals the breakthroughs which led him to the earliest realization of photography as we know it today. Originally published in 1844, in a limited number of copies, 'The Pencil of Nature' is now an exceedingly rare and invaluable document. Only twenty-four copies are known to exist, most being incomplete or containing badly faded prints of the photographs. This Da Capo Press edition is an exact facsimile of the original; it contains Talbot's outline of his investgations, all twenty-four photographs (reproduced from the best extant prints), and his notes on each individual photograph. In addition, Beaumont Newhall, Director of the George Eastman House and widely acknowledged to be the world's foremost authority on the history of photography, has provided a new introduction to this edition". Probably the most important book on aspect of photography ever published. A great book. Scarce, even in this beautiful facsimile edition. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: The Pencil of Nature. 1969. Cloth with ...
Publication Date: 1969
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