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Holidays and High Society
Holidays and High Society

Holidays and High Society

The Golden Age of Travel


160 Pages, 7.5 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper

Trade Paper, $21.95 (CA $29.95) (US $21.95)

Publication Date: October 2019

ISBN 9780750990080

Rights: US & CA

The History Press (Oct 2019)

Price: $21.95


A sumptuous visual feast of society holidaying when foreign travel was the preserve of only the elite

In the 19th century, the phenomenon of "going abroad" was born. Beautiful Mediterranean towns, luxurious spas of Mittel-Europe and the golf courses of France became the playground of the idle wealthy. Until foreign travel became more accessible, the picturesque towns and smart hotels catered to an elite mix of royalty, celebrities and high society. This was where society could relax, mingle, see and be seen—where rules could be bent and broken and routines forgotten. Lucinda Gosling traces the growth of some of Europe's most exclusive and desirable holiday destinations from Monte Carlo to Maidenhead, Biarritz to St. Moritz, and explores the lives of the privileged holidaymakers who traveled there. Revealing a world of gossip and glamour, Holidays and High Society tells the story of travel in a golden age through its fashions, faces and places, using evocative vintage travel posters, brochures, fashion spreads and more: the ultimate form of escapism for anyone with a passion for the past.

Author Biography

Lucinda Gosling is the former manager of the magazine archive of the Illustrated London News and is historical specialist at Mary Evans Picture Library.