The First Photographically Printed and Illustrated Book

  title={The First Photographically Printed and Illustrated Book},
  author={Larry J. Schaaf},
  journal={The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America},
  pages={209 - 224}
  • L. Schaaf
  • Published 1979
  • Art
  • The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America
THE enclosed scrap will illustrate what I call 'Every man his own printer and publisher,'" wrote Henry Fox Talbot, the in ventor of photography on paper, to his friend Sir John Herschel early in 1839. The use of photography, rather than a conventional print ing press, would "enable poor authors to make facsimiles of their works in their own handwriting."1 The realization of Talbot's prophecy did not quite take the form that he had envisioned, for the first "every man" to put his suggestion to… Expand


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