A veritable leviathan at 83,400 tons with a 30-knot speed, the Normandie was the biggest and fastest ship afloat when it was launched in 1935. In Cassandre’s deceptively simple but impressive design, the ship towers above us. The flight of small birds at bottom gives the image as much scale and strength as the imposing hull itself. The classic Cassandre design appeared with several variants of text at the bottom; this Maiden Voyage is an exceedingly rare version that has sold for more than $30,000 at auction. This second edition was made with the Cassandre family’s approval, and printed on paper in a run of 1000. Very few have ever come up on the market.