Prescot, 1st.ed., 1964. Xii + 236 pp., frontis., (cold. & fldg.) + 58 photo-plates, + 7 drawings by J. H. Isherwood. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Slight wear to d.j. at extremities o/w Nr.FINE. Bookplate of Mario Max Witt (1925-1994) whose remarkable rare book collection was sold at Bloomsbury in 1996. N. R. P. Bonsor who writes the foreword to this book describes it as "by far the best shipping history I have read." The author records the triumphant rise and the tragic demise of one of the most famous shipping lines in history. The story of the Liverpool-based White Star Line begins in the days of the clippers which served the needs of the Australian Gold Rush. In the years that followed, White Star built some of the most elegant passenger liners on the Atlantic, including of course the ill-fated TITANIC which is given a chapter to herself. The Company never fully recovered from her loss in 1912. The book is illustrated with 58 photographs, 7 line drawings, and a coloured and folding frontispiece depicting the three-funnelled OCEANIC laid down in 1928 but never built. The author also provides a detailed fleet list. Other chapters include : The RED JACKET. Loss of the ATLANTIC. Armed Merchant Cruiser. The Morgan Combine. The Vindication of Wireless. The Great OLYMPIC. The Convicted CALIFORNIAN. White Star at War. The LAURENTIC'S Gold. Phantom Ship. The Kylsant Regime. Etc.