WOODBURY (WALTER B.) A collection of 135 lantern slides of Java, India, America, the UK and Europe made using the Woodburytype process from negatives by Walter B. Woodbury with a Sciopticon projection lantern, [c.1870]; including a small collection of printed Woodbury related ephemera, including The Sciopticon Manual and Science at Home. A Series of Experiments in Chemistry, Optics, Electricity, Magnetism, &c. Adapted for the Magic Lantern, both by Woodbury (9)
Lot 515
WOODBURY (WALTER B.) A collection of 135 lantern slides of Java, India, America, the UK and Europe made using the Woodburytype process from negatives by Walter B. Woodbury with a Sciopticon projection lantern, [c.1870]; including a small collection of printed Woodbury related ephemera, including The Sciopticon Manual and Science at Home. A Series of Experiments in Chemistry, Optics, Electricity, Magnetism, &c. Adapted for the Magic Lantern, both by Woodbury (9)
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WOODBURY (WALTER B.)
A collection of 135 lantern slides of Java, India, America, the UK and Europe, made using the Woodburytype process from negatives by Walter B. Woodbury, together with a Sciopticon projection lantern, glass slides bound at edges with gummed paper, a few cracked, 83 x 107mm., contained in two wooden presentation boxes (one lid missing), [c.1870]; and a small collection of related printed ephemera, including 2 pamphlets by Woodbury, The Sciopticon Manual and Science at Home. A Series of Experiments in Chemistry, Optics, Electricity, Magnetism, &c. Adapted for the Magic Lantern (9)

Footnotes

  • Including 35 views of Javanese interest and approximately 20 portraits of nobles and notables, court dwarf and musicians. Additional views include portraits of Native Americans, views in Niagara and Chicago, temple views in India and street scenes and landmarks in Venice and Berlin.

    Woodbury was an enthusiatic exponent of the lantern slide, hailing it as "one of [the] best home teachers" (Woodbury, The Magic Lantern, , 1874, p.13). It gave the photographer a particular opportunity to to showcase his best work, as here. Woodbury's Sciopticon, also included in this lot, was adapted by him after he first saw such a lantern projector whilst on a trip to America in 1872. Given his penchant for inventing, Woodbury developed and patented a new and improved burner for the projector in order to create a brighter light for the viewing of lantern slides which he went on to market throughout Europe.
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