Source of material: Wilbour Library of Egyptology. Special Collections. Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives.
Title: Programme of Cook's international tickets to Egypt, including the Nile to the first and second cataracts, Luxor, Thebes, Assouan, Philae, etc., etc. also particulars of arrangements for tourist steamers, mail service, and dahabeahs. With maps and plans of steamers. Under the special and exclusive contracts and arrangements of Thomas Cook & son...
Publisher/Date: London, 1892-93.
Description: 84 p. incl. tables., fronts (maps), double plates, double plans ; 22 cm.
Local notes: From the library of Charles Edwin Wilbour with his stamp.
Bound with: The Nile expedition, 1884-85. Mr. John Cook's visit to the Soudan. An address delivered at the Royal normal college for the blind, Upper Norwood.
Thomas Cook launched tours to Egypt and the Middle East in the 1860s and they were incredibly popular for upper-middle class travelers who wanted convenience and comforting amenities. Although some accounts of Cook's tours characterized the tours as punishing and rushed, people still flocked to them. Those who regarded themselves as serious tourists looked down on those "Cook's tourists." Egypt eventually became one of the most fashionable "winter" resort destinations for the English. By the end of the nineteenth century, Egypt was no longer an exciting destination and travelers sought even more remote places to go to.