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Titanic in Photographs (Titanic Collection) Hardcover – 14 Sep 2011
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"The ultimate "Titanic" reference book . . . the extraordinary collection of visual documentation . . . constitutes the most exhaustive guided tour of the ill-fated vessel ever published." --"Library Journal" on "Titanic: The Ship Magnificent"
"The ultimate "Titanic" reference book. . . the extraordinary collection of visual documentation . . . constitutes the most exhaustive guided tour of the ill-fated vessel ever published." "Library Journal" on "Titanic: The Ship Magnificent""
"The ultimate Titanic reference book . . . the extraordinary collection of visual documentation . . . constitutes the most exhaustive guided tour of the ill-fated vessel ever published." --Library Journal on Titanic: The Ship Magnificent
About the Author
Daniel Klistorner is the world's foremost expert on Titanic's passenger accommodations and has consulted to the media, auction houses and museums around the world. Steve Hall, a renowned Titanic visual historian, has collected, studied and researched the ships photographic record for over three decades. Bruce Beveridge is one of the foremost authorities on Titanic's exterior and general working arrangements, and, with Scott Andrews, is a recognised authority on the technical aspects of her layout and construction. All four, along with Titanic modeller and researcher Art Braunschweiger, previously wrote TITANIC: The Ship Magnificent, the most comprehensive book published on Titanic to date.
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The book is very well presented, and there are some newer photographs I have not previously seen.
As the title suggests it's primarily a photo account of the Titanic, but there are useful and well written text sections giving important details and information to the reader.
Starting with photos of the construction of the ship at Harland and Wolff, Belfast, we also get insights into other manufacturers who provided parts for the titanic. The book moves though the timescale of events with photographs of the ship at various ports and during sea trials, ending with aftermath of the sinking.
Titanic is famously under photographed, not from outside (there are plenty of photos of the ship being made and at sail) but inside and the interior whilst at sail, very few pictures are known to exist, and there are no known photos of the grand staircase (we do get a photo of the Olympic staircase to convey what is would have looked like) There are also few passenger photos whilst at sea, but some are included here.
There are some illustrations provided to fill the gap (which are well done), showing in detail some of the important rooms. No doubt many photos taken by passengers are lost due to the sinking. More photos have turned up over the years and this represents a fairly up to date collection (the book was published just before the 100 year sinking anniversary) The print quality of the photos is very good (considering the age and technology available at the time) and a step up from some early books on the Titanic. A real effort has been made by the authors in this area.
A fascinating and well produced book, with significantly more photos than many older books. A recommended purchase for anyone with even a minor interest in the ship from a photographic perspective. Those looking for an in depth account of events would be better off looking at some of the text heavy books with cover the time-scale of events in detail.
This book decidedly falls in the latter category. Rich with crystal clear and rare photographs, it is by far the definitive photographic record of the shop and her brief life. The text that accompanies the pictures is concise and well-written, and contains a lot of interesting nuggets throughout. The authors could have cashed in on the anniversary by presenting a book with the same old photographs as other volumes, and it probably would have sold well enough, even though it would be forgettable. Instead, they have utilized rarely seen photographs from their own collections, the collections of others, and have meticulously tracked down and gotten permission to use many other rare images.
In short, this volume is a 'must have,' and completely in line with the high quality work expected from the authors in question. As an author who has his own Titanic book out, 'On A Sea of Glass, The Life & Loss of RMS Titanic,' I am proud to consider this book and my book sort of spiritual companion pieces to each other, along with some of the other excellent volumes listed above. I was expecting a very good book when I purchased my copy, and Hall, Klistorner, Beveridge, Andrews, and Braunschweiger exceeded my already high expectations. I am happy to see the recognition they are getting, and the success of this book. Readers would be well-served in adding it to their collection. My only regret is that there isn't a second volume out yet!
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