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William Henry Fox Talbot, one of the inventors of photography, was one of the first to produce a book that included landscape photographs.
In autumn 1844 he took a trip to Scotland where he photographed locations that were associated with Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), the author of the popular Waverley novels, and Talbot‘s visit to Edinburgh may have coincided with the completion of the Scott Monument.
The photographs that Talbot took in Scotland included the Scott Monument, Abbotsford, Melrose Abbey, Dryburgh Abbey and Loch Katrine. The Scottish mountains of the Trossachs and the waters of Loch Katrine had inspired Sir Walter Scott‘s popular poem "The Lady of the Lake" (1810) and this was the reason for the selection of the site by Fox Talbot. His photograph of the loch stands out as a particularly fine example of early British landscape photography.
The one guinea book "Sun Pictures in Scotland" was sold by subscription and 120 copies were bound. One of the original handwritten lists of subscribers is preserved at the NMPFT in Bradford (UK).
[Thanks to Larry Schaaf for his help on this.]