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Eduard Spelterini and the Spectacle of Images

The Colored Slides of the Pioneer Balloonist

With Essays by Hilar Stadler, Anton Holzer, Jürgen Bleibler, and Christophe Brandt

Distributed for Scheidegger & Spiess

Eduard Spelterini and the Spectacle of Images

The Colored Slides of the Pioneer Balloonist

With Essays by Hilar Stadler, Anton Holzer, Jürgen Bleibler, and Christophe Brandt

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.


152 pages | 87 color plates, 17 halftones | 9 x 11 1/2 | © 2010

Text in English and German

Art: Photography


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Table of Contents

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

Biographical timeline
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