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This is an auction for THE ROYAL TOUR 1901 or THE CRUISE OF H.M.S. OPHIR, by Petty Officer Harry Price.

"Being a lower deck account of the Royal Highnesses, the Duke & Duchess of Cornwall and York's voyage around the British Empire."

"THE ROYAL TOUR is a facsimile of Petty Officer Harry Price's handwritten and illustrated account of the cruise of HMS Ophir in 1901, when the Duke and Duchess of York (later King George V and Queen Mary) toured almost the whole of the British Empire. They travelled via Gibraltar and Malta down the Red Sea to Colombo and Singapore, going on to Australia and New Zealand, across the Indian Ocean to South Africa via Mauritius and finally to Canada before returning to England. The whole trip took nine months and was enormously popular with the countries visited. Harry Price wrote and illustrated his journal during the voyage itself, and produced a picture of the tour which has an immediate and spontaneous impact, far removed from the turgid official reports of the time.

"Apart from the journal itself THE ROYAL TOUR includes a biographical note by Harry Price's son Jack, his naval papers and a portrait of Harry in the tropical kit of the period."

Large format hardback 1980.

144 pages.

Superb full colour illustrations throughout.

Very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $5.95 (tracked mail).

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

Payment within seven days, please.
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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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