1911 The Grand Canyon of Arizona
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Colour Plates, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding, Uncommon
An uncommon work. A beautiful collection of photographs looking at the Grand Canyon, photographed by two pioneering brothers. Illustrated with nineteen plates of monochrome photographs, and a mounted photograph to the front wrap. With an additional three colour plates loosely inserted. Published and photographed by the Kolb Brothers, Ellsworth and Emery, at the Kolb Studio. The studio is a historic structure on the edge of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The studio operated between 1904 to 1976. In 1911 they navigated the Colorado River successful, filming their journey. This navigation was what made them famous, as they set out with virtually no boating experience, spending four months in the deep river canyons. They had to navigate many large and small rapids. Not only did they survive this expolit, but they still managed to film to whole thing. That film went on to become the longest running movie in history, being shown in the studio until 1976. The brothers then spent almost eight decades explored and photographing the Grand Canyon. The photograph to the front wrap shows their daring attempts to take photographs, dangling from rope to try and take a photo. The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canon in Arizona. Historically, the canyon was carved by the Colorado River. Before becoming a tourist attraction, the canyon was inhabited by Native American, who built settlements in the canyon and in its caves. The first European known to have seen the canyon was Garcia Lopez de Cardenas in 1540. A beautiful collection of photographs looking at the Grand Canyon.
In the original publisher's paper wraps. Externally, smart. Some minor edgewear. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean.
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