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Document number: 5022
Date: 17 Jul 1844
Recipient: TALBOT William Henry Fox
Author: LONGMAN Thomas
Collection: British Library, London, Manuscripts - Fox Talbot Collection
Collection number historic: LA44-43
Last updated: 13th July 2017

Pater Noster Row.
July 17. 1844.

Dear Sir,

I can not recommend you to send copies of your work on sale to the booksellers.<1> We have sent it round by a clerk to all the London dealers and it will be down in the country by our travellers. I have myself been disapointed [sic] in not seeing it more generally in the shop window and have called on one or two in the Strand requesting them to take copies, but without success. I have seen it at Ackerman [sic] in the Strand.<2> The best suggestion I can give is that you should issue a Specimen of the work containing in the cover one plate, & one or two pages of text with a prospectus, the word Specimen should be printed on the cover and on the plate for security. These specimens might be sent to Brighton, Liverpool & all the principal towns. Mr Hastings who I mentioned as an assistant is well acquainted with all the details of such matters having been our advertising clerk, he is also not ignorant of your process being I understand well acquainted with M. Claudet. <3>

I am, Dear Sir Yours faithfully
Thomas Longman

Fox Talbot Esq


1. WHFT, The Pencil of Nature (London: Longman, Brown, Green, & Longmans - No. 1 was published in June 1844.

2. Ackermann & Co, 96 Strand, London, stationer and colour maker.

3. Antoine Françoise Jean Claudet (1797–1867), London; French-born scientist, merchant & photographer, resident in London.

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