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#610 - Henry Fox Talbot

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The British father of photography’s economic theory explained in a rare letter

British inventor and photography pioneer (1800–1877) who introduced the calotype process in 1841; he was also active in politics, serving as a member of Parliament between 1832 and 1835. Rare ALS signed “H. Fox Talbot,” four pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.25 x 9, no date but circa 1832. Letter to Henry Petty, 3rd Marquess of Landsdowne regarding what he considers a new method of taxation, that he explains at length. In part: “Considering the great disappointment which prevails throughout the country on the subject of the house & window tax, and malt tax…I wish the Parliament would be prevailed upon to reconsider their financial measures—those measures might be quite correct, financially speaking; but the moral effect of them upon a country already dissatisfied is too important not to deserve to be taken into consideration…this dissatisfaction, and partial alarm has of itself a tendency to diminish the revenue, while tranquility and contentment has an undoubted tendency to increase it.” In fine condition, with intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature). An early letter, and one of a handful of Talbot that have been offered in the market in the past 35 years. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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