Title: CROSSING & CRUISING
Publication Date: 1992
Binding: Hard Cover
Book Condition: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Good
Signed: Signed Presentation Copy
Edition: First Edition.
311pp Illus "From the golden era of ocean liners to the luxury cruise ships of today." Presentation copy, signed by Maxtone-Graham. QE 2 bookplate on reverse of half-title page. Bookseller Inventory # 31601
Synopsis: 1992 Charles Scribner's Sons hardcover, 3rd printing. John Maxtone-Graham (Normandie: France's Legendary Art Deco Ocean Liner). The history of cruise ships and their journeys across the oceans
From Publishers Weekly:
Today's ships are "less grand hotel than grand mall," contends maritime historian and shipboard lecturer Maxtone-Graham in the concluding volume of a nostalgic trilogy ( The Only Way to Cross ; Liners to the Sun ), a book that is likely to delight steamship buffs. The vessels, he notes, have changed more than their passengers. Liberally illustrated and rich in nautical lore, the book contrasts today's "giant floating theme parks," designed expressly to provide "total-immersion escapism" for fun-bent cruise guests, with the more purposeful ocean carriers of the past. Maxtone-Graham evokes the crowded, stifling steerage quarters of millions of deloused, often seasick immigrants, the ordeal that awaited immigrants upon their arrival at Ellis Island and, in later years, the annual eastbound migrations of vast numbers of culture-hungry tourists and students aboard Edwardian and Beaux-Arts superliners from the Aquitania to the Queens (and the incomparable Normandie , to which he devotes a chapter). Photos not seen by PW.
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