Vp: ca. 1900.
117 mounted photos, ranging in size from 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 to approx 2 1/2 x 3 inches. Mounted recto only, with several image per card, each captioned in manuscript below the image. Oblong folio (10-1/2 x 14 in.; 265 x 355 mm). Jackson Hole & Nepal Together. Original half morocco. Minor wear at extremities. Light fading to the images Item #318896
Evelyn John Mardon (1867-1958) went to Clifton College in Bristol, then in 1886 went to Christ's College, Cambridge, graduating with a degree in law. He was a high-ranking administrator in the India Service as Inspector General of Registration, Commander of Excise and Stamps of Agra and Oudh, and in November 1897 in charge of the Naini Tal District. Throughout his career he was an enthusiastic hunter and photographer.
The present album presents a photo-documentation of his sporting trips in the Naini Tal District, followed by his travels in the American Rockies, New Brunswick Canada and Turkey. The first region (near Nepal) depicted in the present album was the immediate vicinity for which he had responsibility. The images from Uttarakhand region includes village and temple scenes as well as striking landscape views. In November 1899, Mardon took a two-year furlough to pursue big game in East Africa, the American Rockies, New Brunswick and Turkey. The majority of the images in this album (just over 100) detail a Yellowstone trip near Jackson Hole for antelope and ram. Most of the images depict trail and camp life among the majestic scenery of the Tetons, including high elevation images. Included also are two early images of Idaho Falls and Pocatello. The Yellowstone images are followed by a photographs on a winter moose hunt in New Brunswick, and a trip to Turkey.
Mardon presented photographs from his expeditions to the Royal Geographical Society (no doubt the images of Central Asia were of particular use during the era of the Great Game), and published several privately-printed accounts of his adventures.
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