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Document number: 7891
Date: 25 May 1859
Recipient: JAMES Henry
Author: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA59-35
Last updated: 12th December 2010

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Lt Col James

May 25/59

I hve recly appld my invn of Phc Engrg to copyg maps & wth vy fair success that is to say for a 1st attpt & if y will allow me to sd y a few specns I shall have grt pleasre in doing so, & beg to know where they s if you will infm me wh. th. shd be addressd

The objt t wch I wd ppose more particly to apply this little invn is the formn of small partial maps, relative to specl localits selectd fm the large or genl maps of any county. Thus for in The process is so easy tht there wd be no diffy for examp in mappg the environs of any all the princl towns in England If these were collatd in into a vol. wh an Index, it wd fm an atlas of a novel kind, useful to the traveller

Many or appces will ready occur for instce the parks and seats of the princl nobility as Blenheim Chatswh &c [illegible] being all engrad on the same scale, ye comparison wd be interestg

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Lt Colonel James

May 25, 1859

I have recently applied my invention of Photoglyphic Engraving <1> to copying maps and with very fair success that is to say for a first attempt and if you will allow me to send you a few specimens I shall have great pleasure in doing so, and beg to know where they should if you will inform me where they should be addressed.

The object which I would propose more particularly to apply this little invention is the formation of small partial maps, relative to special localities selected from the large or general maps of any county. Thus for in The process is so easy that there would be no difficulty for example in mapping the environs of any all the principal towns in England. If these were collated in into a volume with an Index, it would form an atlas of a novel kind, useful to the traveller.

Many other applications will readily occur for instance the parks and seats of the principal nobility as Blenheim, Chatsworth, etc., being all engraved on the same scale, the comparison would be interesting.


Notes:

1. This was WHFT's improved method for making photographic printing plates. James himself was a pioneer in the use of photozincography.

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