CUNARD LINE. History of the Cunard Steamship Company. (Extracted from "The Illustrated Naval and Military Magazine.") [London, W.H. Allen, 1886].
Royal 8vo. Original red morocco, lettered in gilt, all edges gilt; pp. 31, 13 photogravure plates of ships after paintings and photographs, five folding cabin plans on thin paper; binding a little worn, internally very good, printed on high-quality paper, the plates on card stock.
Very rare first edition in this form. 'In 1870, Cunard introduced the first flushing toilets at sea, providing relief for passengers and crew members alike! During the mass immigration to America of the 1880s, Cunard brought over a million of the 2.5 million people choosing to settle in the United States. During this time Cunard launched Servia (pictured), the first steel ship with electrical lighting' (Cunard's company history, online). - COPAC locates copies only in Glasgow, and in the BL.