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Japanese publisher Akaaka Art Publishing Inc. has published a facsimile of W H F Talbot's The Pencil of Nature with essays by Naoya Hatakeyama, Michael Gray, Masaru Aoyama, Tadashi Kanai and Giuseppe Penone.

Masarou Aoyama’s publication presents the first full Japanese translation of the iconic yet widely forgotten published works by photographic pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot, The Pencil of Nature. Originally published in 1844, William Henry Fox Talbot’s The Pencil of Nature was the first commercially published book illustrated with photographs. The publication contained twenty four plates, including a brief text for each image which introduced and described the history and process of Talbot’s new photogenic drawing process. This publication reproduces Talbot’s original publication, including a full Japanese translation within the new design.

All text included within the publication available only in Japanese

See more here: or buy here from an English-language website here for £27.25 plus shipping.

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