GEORGE, H[ereford]B[rooke]; Ernst Edwards, photographer.

The Oberland and its glaciers:


The Oberland and its glaciers:
explored and illustrated with ice-axe and camera.
London, Alfred W. Bennett, 1866.

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A fine example of this extremely beautiful and important work on the Swiss Alps and its Glaciers. It is one of the earliest of its kind to be illustrated with original 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. The photographer was Ernest Edwards, a noted portraitist of his day and “considered to be the best of the early amateur Alpine photographers.”. He added a seven-page report “Notes by the Photographer” which contains information about the work and equipment of a contemporary photographer in the mountains.


First edition. 4to, 28 original albumen prints, including frontispiece and title vignette, double-page map of the Oberland, tissue guards, modern dark blue half morocco gilt, marbled sides, original gilt pictorial upper cover bound-in at end, all edges gilt, a fine copy.


Gernsheim, p.290; Neate G13; Perret 1884.


Stock ID: 90032