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A Woodburytype photograph entitled 'Full Moon', taken by Warren De La Rue (1815-1889), in about 1855. This is an illustration from a a book published in 1874 entitled 'The Moon, Considered as a Planet, a World, and a Satellite' by Scottish engineer James Nasmyth (1808-1890) and James Carpenter (1840-1899), an astronomer at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.The book was based on Nasmyth's observations of the Moon through drawings, photographs and models. De La Rue was a London book-binder and paper manufacturer who had been inspired by the daguerreotypes of the Moon by J. A. Whipple (1822-1891) and W. C. Bond (1825-1865) in 185. The Woodburytype was a photomechanical process patented in 1864 by Walter Bentley Woodbury (1834-1885). It produced high quality images used for book illustration and remained popular until about 1900.