rare. This English edition contains two additional plates of the boats used by the Thomas Cook company in Egypt, which are not present in the German edition. In the preface, the publishers acknowledge their gratitude to John M. Cook of Thomas Cook and Co. for the "facilities afforded to Mr Junghaendel during his tour up the Nile". Whilst the photographs were intended to excel those more commonly available to tourists, this collection, presented in topographical sequence with explanatory text, was published "in order to keep the reminiscences fresh in the memory of those who have returned home, or to awaken the desire to see the wonders of Egypt [of those who have not already] share[d] in this pleasure''.
By the mid-nineteenth century organised groups and package tours of the Near East came into existence and in 1869 Thomas Cook led his first party to Egypt and Palestine. "Tourists traveling in groups led by Cook were derided by the nicknames 'Cooks and Cookesses', and even the local population came to call them 'Kukiyyeh'. Not everyone was adverse to Cook's organised tours, however. As Mrs Isabel Burton, then in Beirut, observed in 1871, 'Too much cannot be said in praise of Mr Cook and his institution. It enables thousands, who would otherwise stay at home, to enjoy l'éducation d'un voyage; and travel is necessity for the narrow insular mind' ". (Perez, N.N., Focus East: Early Photography in the Near East 1839-1885)
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