London & Edinburgh and New York: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle, & Rivington, 1876. Woodburytype. Not Bound. Very Good. Item #027309
A well-detailed oval Woodburytype portrait of explorer Richard F. Burton; approx. 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" size, pasted-on to the original medium-weight paper 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" sheet; with the accompanying printed biographical sheet from the publication. Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) British explorer and author, whose "…wide range of accomplishments and enigmatic character, yet to be fully defined, make him continually attractive to researchers, writers, and readers. (Jason Thompson in the ODNB) The 'Woodburytype' (or photoglyptie) was patented in 1864 by Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885) and was an early form of photomechanical print, made by embossing a photographic image on paper with a metal mold containing the gelatin relief of a photographic negative: "...the tonal scale of the resultant image was highly luminous...has a continuous tone, showing neither a screen nor a grain pattern..." (Baldwin, 1991). This image of Burton is from the series of biographical portraits in "Men of Mark..." by Thompson Cooper; Lock & Whitfield photographers. A few light spots to the margins, the image not affected; a handsome and striking portrait of the noted and controversial British explorer & literary translator, in very good condition.