Large album (22cm x 27cm) bound in full tan calf with decorative metal corner pieces containing 24 original albumen print photographs depicting mountaineering scenes, several captioned in ink with title, photographer and date beneath, mounted on thick card pages. The photographs are presented single-sided (recto only) across 20 pages at the front and rear of the album, with 31 blank pages in the centre. The album itself is in good order, the binding firm and structurally sound, lacking most of its metal clasp, rebacked with the original spine neatly relaid, and with some rubbing and marking to the boards and spine. The contents with some spotting to the first and last couple of pages and a little toning to the page edges are otherwise clean throughout. The photographs are in very good order and remain free from any foxing or damage. The photograph by Bristow appears to have been touched-up en grisaille, but still retains a fresh, sharp appearance.
A rare nineteenth-century album of views in the Alps by several of the great pioneers of mountaineering photography. Notable images include Lily Bristow's famous photograph of her climbing partner Allbert F. Mummery scaling the "Crack" on the Grépon (1893), seven scenes by Alfred Holmes, five by Alpine Club president Hermann Wooley, and three by William F. Donkin, to whom C. Douglas Milner asserts that "we owe the beginning of first-rate alpine landscape [photography]....He brought technical skill to his work as well as a wonderful eye for country" ('A Century of Mountain Photography', Alpine Journal, 1957). Amongst numerous other scenes of summits and glaciers, the album also includes two uncaptioned photographs of mountaineering base camps. A wonderful collection of atmospheric Alpine views documenting the exploits and artistry of its early photographers.
Stock code: 19077