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Records of the Dawn of Photography: Talbot's Notebooks P & Q,by Larry J. Schaaf / William Henry Fox Talbot

  • Records of the Dawn of Photography: Talbot's Notebooks P & Q,by Larry J. Schaaf / William Henry Fox Talbot
  • Records of the Dawn of Photography: Talbot's Notebooks P & Q,by Larry J. Schaaf / William Henry Fox Talbot
  • Records of the Dawn of Photography: Talbot's Notebooks P & Q,by Larry J. Schaaf / William Henry Fox Talbot
  • Records of the Dawn of Photography: Talbot's Notebooks P & Q,by Larry J. Schaaf / William Henry Fox Talbot
  • Records of the Dawn of Photography: Talbot's Notebooks P & Q,by Larry J. Schaaf / William Henry Fox Talbot

Records of the Dawn of Photography: Talbot's Notebooks P & Q

Larry J. Schaaf / William Henry Fox Talbot

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First publication of two important highly restricted notebooks created by William Henry Fox Talbot, information long awaited by the scholarly community and the growing photographic world at large. Larry Schaaf is the most highly regarded historian on the origins of photography.
 
This is the first publication of the two most important notebooks created by William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877), the inventor of negative/positive photography. Henry Talbot preserved the 18th century tradition of the gentleman amateur scientist in the face of increasing professionalisation of science and technology in the 19th century. He had great powers of imagination and often conceived of things well beyond his present ability to execute. Notebooks P and Q span the period from the first public announcement of photography in 1839 through the 1843 plateau of Talbot's researches. They record both his false starts and his triumphs. While the emphasis is on the new art of photography, there is substantial reference to chemistry, electricity, light, optics and railroad motive power. The notebook pages are reproduced in full, preserving the tempo and organisation of Talbot's thoughts, and keeping his sketches in context. A full expanded transcription decodes Talbot's sometimes difficult hand and abbreviations. Extensive notes and scholarly apparatus interpret and establish the context of Talbot's work.
Titel Records of the Dawn of Photography: Talbot's Notebooks P & Q
Author Larry J. Schaaf / William Henry Fox Talbot
Signed No
ISBN 521440513
Language English
Dimensions (cm hxb) 26 x 26
Book condition Fine
Cover condition Fine
Condition description Minor shelf wear (rubbing) to dust jacket, hint of toning to page edges, else fine.
Binding Hardcover including dustjacket
Edition First edition
Pages 413
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Publishing date 1996
Publishing place Cambridge
Number published No
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