Liners - great pictorial encyclopedia of giant passenger steamships


Our publisher is engaged in book publishing for over 20 years. First of all historical and facsimile publications is the main profile. Now we create a publication that rightly can claim the interest of the readers in countries which has major shipping history. We hereby recommend to your attention our encyclopedia:

Technical parameters:

  • Size: 410x160 mm
  • Length: 512 pages (256 pages per volume)
  • Printing: 4 + 4 colors
  • Binding: hardcover
  • Language: English

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Synopsis

From technical drawings to paintings, physical mock-ups to virtual models, there just so many modes of ship portrayal. However, one specific form is the profile. Ship profiles had been made in varying details and for rather different purposes. During warfare at sea, recognition silhouette illustrations from booklets served marines by helping to identify enemy ships and assess speed and firepower in time. In peacetime, line drawings, elevation plans and longitudinal sections were produced for ship constructions. More often than not, coloured versions of these fine profile drawings ended up on posters and brochures as advertisement, while framed and hung on the wall they became spectacular ornaments both in homes and offices.

Regarding resource, effort and cost that went into manufacturing these ships, liners are indoubtably one of mankind's greatest technical achievements. Before the dawn of aviation, ocean liners represented the sole mean of commuting between continents. In the beginnings, this type of travelling, like many other, was rather dangerous than comfortable. Over time though, as mankind's technical and aesthetics abilities further refined, and the 5-6 days long journey between Europe and America on board of a great ship carrying thousands, was inevitably a memorable experience for passengers. The best ships were elegant and comfortable, equipped with splendid furniture and powerful machines that were designed to break records for fastest transoceanic trip. It's no surprise these liners frequently elevated to the level of national symbols. The experience of today's giant cruise ships is somewhat akin to this, though the magic of a timetabled, week-long transoceanic voyage on board had vanished forever in the sixties. Nowadays only objects - like well made ship profiles - remind us of these times.

Ship profiles are too a popular feature of nautical books. In anthological series published in the last few decades, however, these profiles are typically appear small scale and rough thus providing ship lovers with merely a superficial glimpse into the rich and visual world of ship portraying. The last great ship portrait collection book - containing large scale, colour plates which could be removed from the book for decoration purposes - had been published back in 1965, and only featured 12 ships. With the exponential growth taking place in digital imaging industries and the availability of original shipyard documents, builder's models, and photo archives, ship portraying is now more accurate and spectacular than ever before.

Tamás Balogh is a lover of ocean liners. According to his plans, a 250 large scale, coloured ship profiles will be created, covering the most famous liners of the 19th and 20th century. These profiles will appear in two representative volume, making a commemorative gesture to the golden ages of transoceanic liners.

Thanks to the vast research the author undertook from photo archives, plans and blueprints, to surviving original shipyard mock-ups, Tamás's profiles are realistic down to the minute detail. As a result of his previous work and research, the author will realise highly detailed ship profiles which are visually pleasing yet - together with the short history of each ship collected in two comperative volume, in english languages - offer a rare experience for liner lovers too.

Two volumes of the encyclopedia described above will be ready by September, 2016. The first volume contains profile drawings (including all alterations and modifications) and history of the most famous ocean liners from 1838 to 2003. The second volume contains the delicate topics for example the intended, but ultimately cancelled ocean liners, and famous vessels of the minor fleets. The two volumes contains a total of more than 250 full-page drawings.

A brief summary of the significance of the publication:

The book is special because:

  • provides the complete history of trans-oceanic passenger traffic from the beginning to the present by technically accurate, aesthetically appealing profile drawings which made by following the centuries-old historical tradition of ship portrayal process;
  • presents ocean liners from 1838 to 2003, a total of more than 250 pieces, including all alterations, sister ships of each vessels, and the intended but ultimately not built ocean liners also;
  • provides information about a) technical specification and service career of individual liners, b) the work of designers and developers c) business strategy of the customer shipping companies;
  • offer a unique opportunity to get to know a) evolution some of the well-known ship type (how it evolved, how draw inspiration their designers to them, and how the vessels influenced each other), b) what role played by individual ocean liners in the history of mankind and the trans-oceanic transportation, and c) how this way of long-distance transport has shaped our lives over.
  • last similar volumes in the world was made in 1965 and 1972, but they are either a) only focused on liners of one shipping company, or b) only a few - less than a dozen - ship is selected for display, by contrast, our book tells the entire story.