Ship and Shipping Line Handbooks, Mementos, Brochures.
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EMPRESS of IRELAND
VOYAGE WITH THE MAILS BETWEEN BRISBANE - LONDON.
AUSTRALIA AND GREAT BRITAIN.
A Memento by an Amateur Photographer with 103 Original Photographs.
Printed and Published by The London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company Ltd., London, ‘From whom, and from the Barber'ss Shops on board Ship, copies may be obtained'. Preface of 2nd edition is dated 1912.
Hardcover, (thick boards), grey cloth covered with light stamping of title and image of St pauls Cathedral, London and a two masted steam ship; large format (12 x 9.75 inches), 64 pages on heavy stock, tissue paper between leaves where a page contains photographs.
"This little (sic) book is intended to serve the Traveller as a Memento on hos Voyage between the Old and New Wolds." The book is directed to those travelling with the famous Orient Line, although there are no details of any of the ships other than a half-page mention of The Orient Fleet. It is thus a generic ‘life on board' and ‘ports of call' souvenir; there is space at the front of the book for a photograph of the ship that you have had the pleasuree of travelling on (available from the barber's Shop), a section to include the names of ‘My Table Mates'; and a page and a half for autographs. A great memento inded, and a useful volume to have on board prior to vsiiting the many ports between London and Australia. [ps]
No. 1 HANDBOOK 1914
IMPERIAL MAIL STEAMERS TO EASTERN ASIA AND AUSTRALIA
Softcover, 88 pages with foldout timetables. A5 size.
This handbook provides the information a prospective passengers needs before travelling on one of the German shipping line's passengers linewrs to Asia and Auystralia. It contains: Rates of passage for all classes of travel between a number of ports, side trips rates from selected ports, conditions of passageembarkation points, baggage conditions, agencies for the company, insurance and timetables.It lists the fleet of Norddeutscher lloyd which was based in Bremen in Germany.
Of personal interest, the ship Bremem of the NDL line was a regular visitor to Australia with my grandfather in the galley as one of the chefs. It was as a result of his voyages to Australia that he decided to migrate here from England with his wife, he from his native Switzerland, she from her native Holland. [ps]
CONTE ROSSO AND CONTE VERDE
Hardcover, large format (11.8 x 9.5 inches), cover beautifuuly embossed on each corner, and with the text on what appears to be fine leather but perhaps not; 160 pages, colour plates tipped in, mono photographs. (Even some of the mono plates are tipped in). It would appear that there was a tipped in gold foil (perhaps immitation gold) stamp of one and a quarter inches diameter on the title page and at least once more on a chapter title page within the book - I have only the remnants in my copy. They may not have been part of the book, but inserted by a previous owner.
This superb book would have been sold on board the two ships of the Italian Lloyd Sabaudo line; what passenger could not resist such a fine momento of his or her journey. There is no date indicated in the book; the Conte Rosso went on sea trails in 1922.
Contents: Brief Historical Notes on the House of Savoy, compiled by Captain Fulvio Cignoni; Some of the Characteristics Features of the S.S.Conte Rosso.; A Description of the Interior Art Decorations of the Public Rooms; A Catalog of the Paintings, by Prof. Guido Meineri on board the S.S. Conte Rosso.
Like so many of the Atlantic liners, of the first half off the 20th century, luxury was the name of the game, and the major players took great pride in the comfort and tasteful decor, especially (only in some) the First Class areas. The Italians, aas is their wont, went a step further, into grand opulence - the Smoking Room on these ships is like a room of a king's palace. The walls are adorned with magnificent paintings and drawings, many illustrated in the book, and each described lest the traveller forget once back on solid land. Several chapters on the cities of Italy give us a fine impression of a fascinating county. Toward the end of the book, a section: Italian Music and Musiciaans of the Various Periods, demonstrates again the pride of the Italians, where mention is made of Scarlatti, Moneverdi, Giuseppe Verdi, Rossini, Paganini etc etc., and the more ‘modern' composers of Rossi, Puccini and Leoncavallo. And just to make suree that you understand the Italian's love of music, there is the full score of La Canzone del ‘Conte Rosso', by E.A. Mario. The book by the way is in the English language - I have no doubt there is an Italian edition. [ps]
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