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RAYNER, H. (with additonal notes by C. Worswick), Views in Kulu & Spiti Frith's Photo-Pictures - India series, Bath 2011. Soft cover[oblong] 21 x 30 cm. XVII & 48pages 45 photographs. ISBN 9781904289777.

" This book contains the entire Francis Frith & Co. 'Universal Series' of photographs of Kulu and Spiti that were made during late 1869 or early 1870. This set of 45 rare images are amongst the earliest bodies of photography produced of this region, and were originally taken to be marketed as individual prints. They have now all been assembled into one comprehensive work for the first time; with the inclusion of 2 additional, and previously unidentified, images from the series, that were not included in the Frith series catalogue, or widely marketed by them. Finely printed in full colour, nearly all the plates are reproduced here to the same size as the original prints (whole-plate or 61/2x81/2 in.).
It contains previously almost unseen views of the region, its landscape, architecture and people; and is both an important addition to the early photographic history of the Himalayas, and an invaluable pictorial resource for anyone interested in the early history of the Kulu and Spiti areas. "

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