Eduard Spelterini and the Spectacle of Images

The Colored Slides of the Pioneer Balloonist

Edited by Hilar Stadler

Eduard Spelterini and the Spectacle of Images
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Edited by Hilar Stadler

Distributed for Scheidegger and Spiess

With Essays by Hilar Stadler, Anton Holzer, Jürgen Bleibler, and Christophe Brandt
152 pages | 87 color plates, 17 halftones | 9 x 11 1/2 | © 2010
Cloth $55.00 ISBN: 9783858813039 Published August 2010 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

Swiss balloonist Eduard Spelterini (1852–1931) lived an extraordinary life. Born the son of an innkeeper and beer brewer in a remote village in the Toggenburg area of Switzerland, Spelterini achieved international fame when he became the first aeronaut to fly over the Swiss Alps in 1898. Over the next two decades, Spelterini navigated his balloon through the skies of Europe, Africa, and Asia, and over such sites as the Great Pyramid of Giza and the gold mines of South Africa.

Spelterini remains an important figure today because of his achievements in aerial photography. Seeking images to illustrate his lectures, he began taking a camera along with him on his expeditions in 1893, and his breathtaking photographs quickly became the talk of Europe.  

A complementary volume to Eduard Spelterini—Photographs of a Pioneer Balloonist, this new book presents a selection of around eighty of Spelterini’s never-before-published colored slides, offering readers an altogether new look at the spectacular work of this pioneer of photography and aviation.

Combined English/German Edition

"Unimaginably Lasting Impressions": On Spelterini's photographic practice and its uses
     Hilar Stadler

The Colored Slides of the Pioneer Balloonist

Eduard Spelterini and Graf Zeppelin
     Jürgen Bleibler
The Spectacle of Images: Balloon pioneer and photographer Eduard Spelterini
     Anton Holzer

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