Rare Books in the Press – The Bodleian Library now keeps the William Henry Fox Talbot archive
He is regarded as the British founder of photography. His photographs are dated as early as 1843. From now on his works and historical documents relating to his life and oeuvre will be kept at the Bodleian Library.
“The archive of Britain's "founder of photography" William Henry Fox Talbot has been acquired by the Bodleian Library in Oxford. Talbot created the first book illustrated with photography, The Pencil of Nature, published in instalments between 1844 and 1846. The Bodleian spent two years raising the £2.1m needed to buy the private collection. A library spokesman said it was a ‘fascinating and important resource’.”
An exhibition at the Bodlein Library is scheduled for 2017.