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Title
The pencil of nature
Names
Talbot, William Henry Fox, 1800-1877 (Photographer)
Talbot, William Henry Fox, 1800-1877 (Author)
Fizeau, H. (Hippolyte), 1819-1896 (Former owner)
Dates / Origin
Date Issued: 1844 - 1846 (Inferred)
Place: London
Publisher: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans
Library locations
The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection
Shelf locator: MFZ+ (Talbot) 17-2420 pt. 1
Topics
Photography -- Great Britain
Genres
Photographs
Books
Notes
Statement of responsibility: By H. Fox Talbot, Esq., F.R.S., &c. &c. &c.
Citation/reference: For description and census of known surviving copies, see: Schaaf, Larry J. "Third census of H. Fox Talbot's The pencil of nature," in History of photography, v. 36 (2012), pages 99-120; In Schaaf's Third census MFZ+ (Talbot) is no. 68
Additional physical form: Also available online via Nineteenth Century Collections Online.
Date/sequential designation: Issued in 6 parts, 1844-1846 (all covers dated 1844). Parts were issued 24 June 1844, 29 January 1845, 14/29 May 1845, 21 June 1845, 13/22 December 1845, and before 23 April 1846, respectively; see Schaaf.
Content: Copy in MFZ+ (Talbot): Part 1 only, containing 5 photographs.
Exhibitions: NYPL Exhibition ID TL 18.02.043 applies only to Cover (closed).
Physical Description
Photographic prints
Salted paper prints
Extent: 80 unnumbered pages, 24 leaves of plates : 24 photographs ; 31 cm
In original illustrated paper covers, printed in red and black. "No price or part number has been filled in on the wrapper, indicating that Talbot selected it before it entered commercial channels"--Schaaf.
Presentation copy, inscribed on front cover: "À M. [Hippolyte] Fizeau, de la part de l'auteur." "This is the only intact presentation copy known"--Schaaf.
Title page printed in red and black.
Description
The first commercially-published book illustrated with photographs. Contains 24 mounted photographs by William Henry Fox Talbot.
Type of Resource
Still image
Languages
English
Identifiers
Library of Congress Control Number: 09016768
RLIN/OCLC: 3317813
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b14291831
NYPL Exhibition ID: TL 18.02.043
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 799f0b40-125a-0138-b9ff-60f81dd2b63c
Rights Statement
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Item timeline of events

  • 1800: Creator Born
  • 1844: Issued (Approximate)
  • 1877: Creator Died
  • 2020: Digitized
  • 2020: Found by you!
  • 2021

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Chicago/Turabian Format

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. "The pencil of nature " New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 6, 2020. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/98d86a90-9341-0136-29fb-35e1ec3dbe35

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The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs: Photography Collection, The New York Public Library. (1844 - 1846). The pencil of nature Retrieved from http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/98d86a90-9341-0136-29fb-35e1ec3dbe35

Wikipedia Citation

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The pencil of nature