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Sotheby's is to offer an autograph letter from William Henry Fox Talbot, signed, in French to Antonion Bertolini, referring  to  the  latter's  Flora  Italica  and  discussing  some  specimens  he  has  collected. The letter will be sold on 10 July 2012 in London and is estimated at £4000-6000. The full catalogue entry can be found here:

UPDATED: The lot sold for £11,250 including buyers premium.

The catalogue description and text is reported here:



referring  to  the  latter's  Flora  Italica  and  discussing  some  specimens  he  has  collected,  2  pages,  4to,  Nice,  12  November  1833,  integral  address  leaf

[with:]  two  autograph  letters  signed  and  one  autograph  letter,  to  Robert  Hunt,  on  a  publication  in  the  Athenaeum  and  a  dispute  with  Dr  Woods  on  photographic  techniques,  6  pages,  8vo,  Lacock  Abbey,  23  December  1851  to  29  January  1852,  one  letter  incomplete  lacking  second  leaf;  [and:]  autograph  appointment  note  making  an  appointment  with  Dr  Buckland,  1  page,  8vo,  Angel  Hotel,  29  July;  and  with  one  later  letter

[also  with:]  Cros,  Charles.  Solution  Générale  du  Probléme  de  la  Photographie  des  Couleurs.  Paris:  Gauthier-Villars,  1869;  Essai  de  Théorie  Daguerrienne  et  Résultats  Pratiques.  Paris:  J.-B.  Gros,  1844;  A  Description  of  the  Instruments  employed  in  the  Gallery  of  Natural [also  with:]  Cros,  Charles.  Solution  Générale  du  Probléme  de  la  Photographie  des  Couleurs.  Paris:  Gauthier-Villars,  1869;  Essai  de  Théorie  Daguerrienne  et  Résultats  Pratiques.  Paris:  J.-B.  Gros,  1844;  A  Description  of  the  Instruments  employed  in  the  Gallery  of  Natural  Magic.  London:  G.H.  Davidson,  1839,  an  exhibition  catalogue  citing  the  "Ingenuity  of  M.  Daguerre  and  Mr.  H.  Fox  Talbot"  and  with  a  sonnet  in  praise  of  Fox  Talbot

The Correspondence of Henry Fox Talbot ( includes a summary of the
letter to Bertolini and transcriptions of early drafts of the letters to Hunt, from Talbot's Letter Book.

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