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GEORGE, H.B.: - The Oberland and its glaciers, explored and illustrated with ice-axe and camera, ... photographic illustrations by Ernest EDWARDS.

London, Allan W. Bennett, 1866, in-4°, 1 leaf 'half-title' + XII (incl. ill. titlepage) + one double-page lithogr. map of the Bernese Oberland. (Lithogr. Day) + 243 p., including the notes by the photographer (p. 237-243), illustrated with 28 original photographs of which 17 in text incl. the circular picture on the title-page + 11 intercalated plates incl. the frontispiece , stains and foxing to the text mainly, but overall a good copy, small bookseller ticket 'Coombs Bookseller Worchester', fine publishers blue gilt and blind-tooled cloth binding (represents the equipment for photography and for glacier-exploration), small obstruction to top of spine, gilt edges. Very good copy, (binders ticket of Westley's to rear' ¶ First edition. First work on the Bernese Oberland that was illustrated with original photographs, at the same time one of the first photographically illustrated books of alpine literature. No less than 28 partly full-page photographs, important as well for their scientific interest representing the exact situation of glaciers at the time: - Upper ice-fall of the Ober Grindelwald glacier. - The Rhône glacier. - The Jungfrau Joch. - The Ober Aletsch glacier from the Sparrenhorn, a glacier table etc. etc. This is the second issue, the difference between the 1st and the 2nd issue can be seen at page 59. In the1st. issue there is a man standing with a shovel next to a pile of dirt with text: 'a dirt cone'. In the (here offered) second issue the man fails, there are more differences between the 2 issues especially for the tipped in original photographs, probably due to the fact that the edition were running out of photos and than had to be replaced by other photographs. George, editor of the Alpine Journal and a noted historian, was one of the English pioneers of the Golden Age of mountaineering. He was a friend of Tyndall and made the first ascent of the Great Viescherhorn as well as the first ascent of the Jungfrau from the side of the Wengeralp. Ernest Edwards (1837-1903) was portrait photographer in London and one of the very first alpine landscape photographers. He seems to have been the first to practice collotype printing from several plates and in more than one colour, a process which he patented in England in December 1869. He added a seven-page report "Notes by the Photographer" at the end, which contains information about the work and equipment of a contemporary photographer in the mountains. Please notify before visiting to see a book. Prices are excl. VAT/TVA (only Switzerland) & postage. Eder, History of photography, p. 619; Gernsheim, Geschichte der Photographie, p. 351 (excellent shots); Lemagny, Histoire de la photographie p. 41; Grolier Club Exhibition, The true lense, n° 74; Waeber BSL III/143; Neate G13; Perret 1884.
CHF 1200.00 [Appr.: EURO 1051.25 US$ 1193.07 | £UK 931.5 | JP¥ 135126] Book number 121699

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