Burton, Sir Richard Frances (1821 - 1890)

Scope and Content

Taken from a portrait painting

Administrative / Biographical History

Attempted to discover the source of the Nile in 1855 and again in 1857-58; consul in Fernando Po; wrote five books on the tribal rituals of Fernando Po; consul in Brazil; consul in Damascus until dismissed in 1871; translated and printed the 'Kama Sutra' (1883) and the 'Perfumed Garden' (1886); published complete edition of 'Arabian Nights' (1885-88)

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Burton: see www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/burton_sir_richard_francis.shtml

Other Finding Aids

Handlist available

Alternative Form Available

Scanned: TIFF image available at 300dpi; Neg 451

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Black and white prints

Archivist's Note


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