MILLER, William H.
Title: Liner : Fifty years of passenger ship photographs
Publisher:  Patrick Stephens, Wellingborough, 1986, ISBN:085059765x
Seller ID: 97237
MILLER, William H. Liner : Fifty years of passenger ship photographs . Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens, (1986). First Edition. Pp. (5),6-159,(1). Illustrated in black and white. Double column. 4to, black cloth with gilt lettering to spine. "The glory and one-upmanship of the mid and late thirties, when the biggest, fastest and grandest liners sailed into service, were followed by those hideously destructive years of the Second World War. Post-war prosperity, the emergence of a new travelling middle class and more tourists than ever, produced a triumphant revival on the North Atlantic. For a decade or so it was the most successful period in transatlantic history -- and it was the last. The commercial jet came, immediately conquered and eventually sent almost every ship to seek a new life in the cruise trade." - front dj flap. “Largely superseded by commercial jets as a means of crossing the Atlantic, liners have found a new role as holiday cruiseships and are carrying more passengers than ever before. In this luxurious photographic album William Miller tells the story of the dramatic transition from the glorious superships of the thirties, Normandie, Bremen and Queen Mary among them, through the destructive years of the Second World War, to the current boom in ocean cruising simply for the pleasure of it. No true lover of these majestic vessels will be able to resist the temptation to feast their eyes on this outstanding collection of unique photographs.” - rear panel of dj. Contents : 1. Superships of the thirties; 2. Azure seas, lowered doors and exotic nights; 3. Painted in grey, the war years; 4. The North Atlantic revisited; 5. To all the seven seas; 6. The great white cruiseships. With dozens of black and white photos of these glorious ships afloat, as well as their decadent interiors. Very good in unclipped dustjacket. 30.00