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Records of the Dawn of Photography

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

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  • Date Published: April 1996
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2007
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521440516

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  • 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. 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 organization of Talbot's thoughts, and keeping his sketches in context. This book will fascinate anyone interested in the history of science or technology.

    • First publication of highly restricted notebooks
    • Information has been 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
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    Awards

    • Winner of the 1996 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards

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    "...provides a fascinating glimpse into the mind of William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the inventors of photography." Chemical Heritage

    "...anyone interested in the process of scientific and technological production will enjoy browsing through this book." Iwan Rhys Morus, Isis

    "...this expertly annotated facsimile edition of Talbot's notebooks provides an excellent written resource for historians of 19th-century science, especially those interested in the early years of photographic technology." Elspeth Brown, Technology and Culture

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    • Date Published: April 1996
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521440516
    • length: 449 pages
    • dimensions: 252 x 255 x 34 mm
    • weight: 1.972kg
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print March 2007
  • Author

    Larry J. Schaaf

    Awards

    • Winner of the 1996 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards

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