Lot #216
Richard Francis Burton Signed Photograph

Immensely rare signed photo of the intrepid Richard Francis Burton

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Estimate: $3000+


Immensely rare signed photo of the intrepid Richard Francis Burton

Exceedingly rare 4.25 x 6.75 cabinet portrait of Richard Francis Burton in a half-length profile pose, signed neatly in ink, "Richard F. Burton." Published by M. Manenizza of Trieste, Italy. In fine condition. After years of exploration and a precarious post as the British consul in Damascus, Burton, in 1872, was reassigned to Trieste in Austria-Hungary. Although not fond of his sleepy outpost, Burton found ample time to both travel and write, publishing English translations of the Kama Sutra as well as One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights). He died in Trieste early on the morning of October 20, 1890. Burton remains rare across all autograph formats, with this representing the first signed photograph we have ever offered.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Sports
  • Dates: #614 - Ended August 11, 2021

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