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First contact - Unique album that revealed the beauty and variety of snowflakes.<br />
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This striking never-before-seen album captures the work of an obsessive photographer who proved all snowflakes are unique.<br />
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Although initially shunned by scientists, Wilson "Snowflake Man" Bentley's work bewitched the public after his pictures began to be published at the end of the nineteenth century. <br />
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The eccentric snapper - who died after walking six miles home in a blizzard in 1931 - used a specially adapted bellows camera and microscope to capture the flakes after catching them on a blackboard. <br />
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This extremely rare leatherette album of his work has emerged at auction - and as it spans the length of his career, some of the pictures could be the first ever images of snow flakes.<br />
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The album is expected to fetch £21,000 on Thursday when it is sold by Swann Galleries in New York.