In 2004 Mark Butterworth acquired a rare hand coloured set of the slides, complete with the original lecture notes. The images and text in this book come from this double set of lantern slides which was produced in the late 1880s. Individually hand coloured onto the glass plates, these images capture the Western Isles and their way of life in evocative detail. Published here for the first time as a complete set, many of the images, particularly those of St Kilda and its inhabitants, are iconic and are well known among enthusiasts of Western Isles history. However, these contemporary hand coloured slides are rarely seen and present a new light on life in the Western Isles, produced as they were fifty years before colour photography came to Scotland.