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[Die Mittelmeerfahrt der "Augusta Victoria"]
Collotype, book plate
Sotheby's - London
Travel, Atlases, Maps and Natural History, 15 May 2018, Lot: 309
1891, Die Mittelmeerfahrt der "Augusta Victoria". Hundert Bilder in zwei eleganten Mappen, (Hamburg: Strumper u. Co), 2 volumes, 100 mounted collotypes
A rare photographic record of the Mediterranean cruise of the Augusta-Victoria, by way of Gibraltar, Genoa, Alexandria, Cairo, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Beirut, Constantinople and the Bosphorus, Athens, Malta, Palermo and Naples.
As the first of a new generation of luxury liners for the Hamburg America Line the Augusta-Victoria had in 1889 broken the record for the passage to New York and later in that year took part in a race around the world. This off-season pleasure trip in the Mediterranean from 22 January to 22 March 1891, with 241 passengers on board, is considered by many to have been the first ever commercial cruise.