R A Fletcher
Antiquarian, Rare & Collectable
Very Scarce First Edition
Includes a trifold of the Clayton Fire Extinguishing System general method of equipment, features dozens of wonderful b/w illustrations of liners such as the Olympia, Lusitania, Britannia along with a fascinating illustration of Charles Dicken's cabin, chapters focus on early liners, engines and engineers, safety at sea, luxury afloat, coastal and river steamers and more.
Blue cloth boards feature the title in brilliant gilt and show minimal scuffing to corners and spine head and tail, three pieces of sticker residue on front pastedown, two very small otherwise interior very clean, binding firm, 310 pages with index.
As I have in a previous volume endeavoured to sketch
the development of the steamship commercially from the
earliest mechanically propelled vehicles to the great
Cunarders and White Star boats, it occurred to me that
an account of the development of the passenger accom-
modation of the steamship, from the early days of steam
navigation to the present time, might be of even greater
interest to the general public. For the assistance I have
had from friends and strangers alike I must express my
most sincere thanks ; considerations of space prevent me
mentioning all who have volunteered valuable suggestions.
In order that the details may be accurate I have appealed
to leading firms in their respective branches of trade
for information ; to all of whom I am indebted for much
valuable assistance. The material offered by the steam-
ship companies would not have been too much for half
a dozen volumes.