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The Golden Age of Travel, 1880-1939

GREGORY, Alexis

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ISBN 10: 0847812502 / ISBN 13: 9780847812509
Published by Rizzoli, New York, 1991
Condition: fine Hardcover
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Many color and sepia illustrations throughout. 220 pages. Tall 4to, gray cloth, d.w. New ork.: Rizzoli, (1991). First edition. A fine copy in a very good(+) dust wrapper. Signed by the author on the front endpaper. Bookseller Inventory # 260278

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Title: The Golden Age of Travel, 1880-1939

Publisher: Rizzoli, New York

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: hardcover

Book Condition:fine

Dust Jacket Condition: very good(+)

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First.

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Looks back on the golden age of the ocean liner, luxury train, private yacht, and zeppelin, and describes the experiences of travelers of that period

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You know the drill for overseas flights: wear clothes that are comfy, regardless of appearance; sit crunched up with hundreds of other irritable passengers; sleep in a horribly awkward position and pay for it in terms of a bad back for days; and eat food off a tray the size of half a place mat. Ah, travel. Many things in society have improved over the years--dentistry, certainly, and methods of communication, too. But can we really say that a jumbo jet is better than taking a steamer trunk or two on board the lovely Aquitania and looking forward to a relaxing crossing? The difference, of course, is that now people from all walks of life can enjoy the virtues of seeing foreign parts, whereas in the days of the great ocean liners, only the well-heeled had the time and means for leisure travel. Gregory celebrates in joyous word and absorbing picture the way travel was back in the heyday of doing it big. Pretend you are high society of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and let the author guide you to the hotels in Europe where you would stay, the transportation you would enjoy (luxurious trains in addition to the elegant queens of the ocean), and how to partake of the social season in Paris or London or St. Petersburg. "These were the gilded travelers on an endless round of pleasure," as Gregory would have it, and what a pleasure it is to fantasize being part of that gilded crowd as they made their way from Berlin to Athens to Cairo. Brad Hooper

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