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XL books are at least 34 cm (13.4 in.) high, with the exception of landscape-format titles

The Grand Tour. The Golden Age of Travel

80Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)Availability: In Stock
Return to a bygone age with this XL volume of vintage travel ephemera from 1869 to 1939. With posters, tickets, menus, turn-of-the-century photochromes, and quotes from literary travelers like Jules Verne or F. Scott Fitzgerald, this book recalls such classic trips as the Orient Express, the Grand Tour, and the Trans-Siberian Railway.
Hardcover9.8 x 13.4 in.7.67 lb616 pages
“Countless travel books have charted the so-called ‘golden age’ of travel, but none are quite as epic as this hefty tome.”
National Geographic Traveller
XL books are at least 34 cm (13.4 in.) high, with the exception of landscape-format titles
The Grand Tour. The Golden Age of Travel

The Grand Tour. The Golden Age of Travel


The Grand Tour

Rediscover the golden age of travel

Global travel can be a wearying business: mass tourism, overcrowded planes, chaotic airports, heightened security, cookie-cutter hotel chains, well-worn tourist trails. Finding even a sliver of adventure can sometimes feel impossible. But take heart: for all of us with an unfulfilled spirit of wanderlust, The Golden Age of Travel evokes an era when traveling the world was a thrilling new possibility for those with the resources, time, imagination, and daring.

This richly illustrated volume charts the travel heyday of 1869 to 1939. Bedecked with ephemera and precious turn-of-the-century photochroms, it follows six classic tours favored by Western adventurers in the prewar era, including such famous traveler-writers as Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain, and Goethe. From the Grand Tour of Europe, a traditional rite of passage for young English aristocrats, to the Far East, barely touched by Western influence, to the famous Trans-Siberian Railway, we follow each journey through its itinerant stops and various modes of transport: trains, boats, cars, planes, horses, donkeys, and camels.

With pages brimming with archival travel posters, guides, tickets, leaflets, brochures, menus, and luggage stickers, the book evokes all the romance, elegance, not to mention the sheer sense of novelty, that enthralled these golden-age passengers. Through decadent new cities, or wild, rugged terrains, this is your passport to a long-lost epoch of adventure and wide-eyed wonder at the world.
The author

Sabine Arqué is a photo researcher, editor, and author. She has collaborated on numerous publications on the themes of travel, the history of tourism, and photography.

The editor

Graphic designer, photographer, and collector Marc Walter (1949–2018) specialized in vintage travel photographs, particularly photochromes, of which he held one of the world’s largest collections. He published numerous books featuring images from his collection as well as his own photographs.

The Grand Tour. The Golden Age of Travel
Hardcover25 x 34 cm3.48 kg616 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-8507-1

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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4 Ratings

A fantastic travel thru time

Pedro,February 1, 2022
A fantastic book for afficionados of photography like myself. Also, a fantastic snippet of sometimes long gone places and tours. Can't recomend it enough

Travel back in time!

Alexandre,November 1, 2021
This is what it was like to travel before low-cost!

Magnifique !!!

Eric B.,July 11, 2023
Superbe ouvrage regroupant photos, affiches, documents autour de l'an 1900. Le tout en grand format pour un plaisir de détailler chaque photos. Un plaisir dans un ouvrage de grande qualité.

Presque parfait

Andre,October 27, 2022
Dommage pas de marque pages sinon très bel ouvrage