the pencil of nature
the FIRST photographically illustrated book to be commercially published.
- Published in 6 installments between 1844 and 1846!
- Written by William Henry Fox Talbot and published in London.
- The book went through the details of Talbot’s calotype process and included 24 prints hand pasted.
The book had no binding and was sold in separate installments. Purchasers were expected to bind it themselves once all installments had been released. Talbot had planned for many more releases but the book was not a commercial success and had to be discontinued after completing only 6.