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THE RUWENZORI MOUNTAINS: FLOWERS OF THE MOON: AFRO-ALPINE VEGETATION OF THE RWENZORI MOUNTAINS Sebastian Schutyser 2008 Large Hardcover, New. Multiple copies available
By Schutyser, Sebastian
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2008, 1st edition. 120 pp, 80 duotone photos, many full page. Large hardcover, DJ, New.

This well illustrated photo book on the Rwenzori was originally priced at $50. We were fortunate to find copies that are in New conditon, and are able to offer them at less than half of their original price. There are very few modern  books on the Rwenzori.  

This book is large and will require additional postage for Priority Mail or International Mail

The first sighting of the Rwenzori Mountain Range [also spelled Ruwenzori] by non-Africans was made by Sir Henry Morton Stanley in 1876. Previous to his well-documented report, there were only rumors about these mountains on the border of present Uganda and the Congo, and which feed the waters of the Nile. 

The first expedition of Europeans to actually explore the Rwenzori was led by the Italian mountaineer, Prince Luigi Amedeo, Duke of the Abruzzi, in 1906. 

This was first serious expedition to visit the Rwenzori, some of the most remote unclimbed mountains of the world. He and his team scaled sixteen summits in the range, including the six principal peaks. 

This effort in 1906 was the most successful of all his excursions, which included the first ascent of Mount St Elias in 1897 and an attempt to climb K2 in 1909. He also made an attempt to reach the North Pole in 1899, which had not yet been visited. 

All the Duke's books were written by Filippo De Filippi. The expedition scaled the highest peaks of the Rwenzori range, several of which were named by the duke, while Mount Luigi di Savoia was named in his honour. Accompanying the duke was photographer Vittorio Sella, who had previously visited the mountains. Sella's photographs of the glaciers and moraines of the Ruwenzori demonstrated that the glaciers were already in retreat.

The Greek astronomer Ptolemy referred to the Rwenzori as the Mountains of the Moon, a name still used today. The Rwenzori are well known for their extravagant plants. Most stunning are the giant heathers, senecios, and lobelias. 

Though the flora is similar to that of other higher African mountain ranges, it is much more luxuriant, and is characterised by unusually giant plants. This environment has an aesthetic and almost mystical effect on those who dare to intrude. In this book, photographer Sebastian Schutyser focuses on the aesthetic qualities of the Rwenzori Mountains in general, and of the Afroalpine vegetation in particular.

By doing so, he also explores the boundaries of documentary photography. The use of infrared photography creates an unusual, pictorial result, enhancing the pristine beauty of these landscapes.The black-and-white prints radiate the light captured by the extraordinary flora of these legendary Mountains. The book presents eighty photographs reproduced beautifully in duotone plates. It also includes drawings of the major plants of the area and maps of the region.

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