SUEZ CANAL: Die Eröffnung des Suez-Canales. Erinnerungen an die Reise Sr. Majestät des Kaisers von Oesterreich nach Palästina und Egypten.
A seemingly unrecorded book is a first-hand account on the opening of the Suez Canal, published at the occassion of the 20th anniversary of the Suez Canal, to raise funds for the Austrian Customs Office.
Author: J. F. HERRMANN
Place and Year: Vienna: Verlag des Unterstützungs-Vereins der Wiener k. k. Finanzwache [Publishing Company of the Supporting Society of the Viennese Royal Customs Office] 1889. Printed by Richard Thimm.
Technique: Small 8°, 73 pp.,  blank page, original grey wrappers with printed title (Very Good, minor staining, wrappers slightly stained, with soft folds and tiny holes in the spine).
This is a seemingly unrecorded first-hand account on the opening of the Suez Canal, as written by a man, who accompanied the Emperor of Austria, Franz Joseph I, on a boat from the port of Pula, Croatia. The text gives details from the trip and the opening, as well as statistical data on the Suez Canal.
The author published the book at the 20th anniverary of the Suez Canal in Vienna, to raise money for the Austrian Customs Office, who also published the book.
The Suez Canal was completed in November 1869, after over a decade of labour, under the direction of the French businessman Ferdinand de Lesseps. The canal, which connected the Mediterranean (the Atlantic) with the Red Sea (Indian Ocean) had a revolutionary effect on global trade and travel, as it shaved thousands of kilometres off of the sailing time between Europe and South and East Asia. As shown here, coloured in a brilliant hue of burnt orange, the canal as originally built was 164 km (102 miles) in length and 8 metres (26 feet deep). Its northern terminus was Port Suez on the Mediterranean and its southern terminus was Port Said on the Red Sea’s Gulf of Suez.
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