1866: HOLD STILL GLACIERS
[SCIENTIFIC PHOTOGRAPHY] George, Hereford Brooke. The Oberland and Its Glaciers explored and illustrated with Ice-Axe and Camera. London: Alfred W. Bennett, 1866 4to. 27 x 21 cm., xii, 243 pp. WITH 28 MOUNTED ALBUMIN PHOTOGRAPHS by Ernest Edwards; double-page lithographed map. Original red stamped gilt cloth with gilt photograph equipment and ice pick, some general soiling, top of spine damaged with some loss and peeling at top front hinge, some starting separation of textblock; internally some moderate foxing throughout, creased and toned tissue guards. Contemporary critics extolled that "We have here a clear and very complete summary of glacier phenomena, and of the explanations of them propounded by scientific men. The interest of Mr. George's lucid exposition is greatly enhanced by the illustrations of Mr. Edwards. They are always beautiful, and often exceedingly instructive '—Saturday Review. 'Mr. Edwards is an excellent photographer, and his work, much of it done under serious difficulties, is admirably executed, the photographs far surpassing the average of photographic book illustrations. . . They are well printed and neatly mounted on toned paper similar to that on which the book is printed. The whole is beautifully printed and bound, and forms one of the most handsome quarto volumes we have seen for some time.'—Photographic News. Ernest Edwards (1837-1903), had a studio in London at 20 Baker Street, and when he took these photos at only 28 years of age, he was an up and coming photographer, making headway into the social circles of eminent men in Victorian society that would soon sit in his studio for portraits. Ref: The Truthful Lens 74.
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