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HIMALAYA ALBUM Kurt Boeck 1894 Large Hardcover Portfolio Very Good Rare
By Boeck, Kurt
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Baden-Baden, Friedrich Spiess, 1894, 1st edition. With 3 small maps in the text and 20 photogravure plates. In German. Cover image is dark, may be soiled. Large 12.5 x 16 inches pictorial green cloth portfolio, rubbed, soiled, and spine worn, yet all intact. Yakushi B196; Perret 514. 

The plates are all on stiff white boards, and are in excellent condition. The boards are 12'' x  16'', and each image is 7'' x 10'', a few slightly larger. All of the plates have a damp stain at lower right corner in the wide margin, not affecting the photograph. Photos have a penciled caption on some of the plates. Large Booklet includes a Title page plus 5 double pages of text. Very Good condition overall.

Album of photographs of people and scenery of the Sikkim Himalaya published in only a few copies as a supplement to Boeck's Himalaya. Songs and Pictures. Includes some very early distant images of Mount Everest and Kanchenjunga, and some close images of Nanda Devi. 

Some of the photographs on which the heliogravures are based were taken during Boeck's 1890 expedition to the Himalayas with Hans Kehrer. The plates include: Mount Everest 29002 feet; Kinchinjanca 28150 feet; Nanda Devi; Nanda Devi with Glacier; Bhutia - Prince's Daughter from Darjeeling; Buddhist Priests;  Naini Tal; Phurkia Shelter; Kumaon Shepherds; Emergency Bridge over the Falls of Ram Ganga; Shelter in Milam; and more.

Kurt Karl Alexander Oscar Boeck (1855 1933) was a German theater artist, and mountaineer who travelled across South Asia in the 1890s, photographed, and wrote on his experiences.  In 1887 he took up an offer to join on an expedition to Persia and the Caucasus. He travelled to the Himalayas on his own in 1890 along with Tyrol glacier guide Hans Kerner. He took photographs and collected artefacts and specimens of natural history for various German museums. In 1888 he started a photo studio in Rostock. He made several trips to India in 1893, 1895, and 189899 and began to give lectures on his travels and write books.

This is a large format portfolio. Extra postage will be requested for Priority, International and Media mail.


Above: Sikkim Himalaya Panorama 1890 


Above: Mount Everest 29002 feet from Sikkim in 1890


Above:  Kinchinjanga 28150 feet in 1890 from Sikkim


Above: Nanda Devi from Glacier, Sikkim 1890



Above: Nanda Devi 26660 feet image, 1890, showing the wide margin and corner stain. All the images are this size and have the corner stain, not affecting any of the images

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