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Whymper's Scrambles With a Camera

Victorian Magic Lantern Show


2011 marks the centenary of the death of Edward Whymper, one of the most important figures in the history of mountaineering. His ascent of the Matterhorn in 1865, and the deaths of four members of his party on the way down, attracted attention throughout the world, bringing him praise and criticism in equal measure.

In later years he largely devoted his life to lecturing and writing guidebooks, touring Britain, Europe and America. Whymper was an early member of the Alpine Club and in the club's archives is a set of magic lantern slides he used to illustrate his lectures. Based on extensive research, former AC Archivist Peter Berg has combined these images with extracts from Whymper's books and diaries and writings by his contemporaries, to recreate the lecture 'My Scrambles amongst the Alps', first given in 1895.

These pictures, mostly not seen for 100 years and never been published as a set before, give us a unique glimpse of the mountain world at the end of the 19th century.

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Cordee Code: CNW030
Author: Peter Berg
No of Pages: 156
Page Size: 210 x 210 mm
ISBN 10: 0900523670
ISBN 13: 9780900523670
Publisher: The Alpine Club
Published Date: June 2011
Binding: Paperback (flapped)
Illustrations: b/w photographic plates
Weight: 530g

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