1st.ed., 1959. 200 pp., 16 photo-plates + genealogical table. D.j., 22 x 14cm. V.G.+. Bookplate of John Blackburn of Liverpool. The Liverpool merchant families represented one of the most influential groups in 19th century society. Predominant among them were those of nonconformist origin ' for the most part Unitarian ' linked together by common beliefs and close inter-marriage ties. The Booth family is a typical example. Already an important Liverpool family by the year 1800, successive generations played a distinguished role in the development of Britain's commercial and maritime power during the 19th century. This is an account of the family business tracing the growth of a small merchant house into a large international concern, with Booth Line ships sailing a thousand miles up the Amazon to trade. The Company also established branches in the USA, India, Australia and Africa. This study includes a profile of the Rt. Hon. Charles Booth, PC, LL.D one of the greatest social investigators of the 19th century and a prominent merchant and industrialist. The Booth Steamship Company was an enterprise which was formed in 1866 by brothers Alfred and Charles, both entering the world of shipping through the nursery of ship-owners, Lamport & Holt ' W. G. Lamport being a cousin of their father.