The Badminton Library – Motors And Motor-driving.




Longmans, Green, and Co.





Item Description

8vo. 5.5 x 7.5 inches. xx + 528 pp. Bound in original brown pictorial cloth, gilt. Patterned endpapers. Extremities a little worn, including head and tail of spine and hinges starting to crack; otherwise a very good clean copy. Illustrated by 12 plates, including photographic frontispiece, by numerous text figures, including plans, diagrams and photographs, and by title page and preface vignettes. The motoring volume, and twenty ninth to be published, of the Badminton Library of Sports and Pastimes. 'It is only within the last two or three years...that any sustained attempt has been made to introduce motor-cars into this country, and to employ them extensively as pleasure vehicles and for practical purposes. The movement was exhibiting such vigour that a Badminton book became inevitable.' Since this preface to the first edition of 1902 was written, great progress had been made and this new edition is extensively revised with new chapters on roads, lamps, continental touring and the Gordon Bennett Race of 1903, with the illustrations replaced by 'representations of the most up-to-date automobiles.' Retained from the earlier editions, this comprehensive survey of the early motoring age still includes the chapters on technical aspects, dress, health, steam and electric cars, roads and automobile clubs, etc. Some of the flavour of the book may be gained from sampling headings such as The Motor Stable and its Management, The Caprices of the Petrol Motor, The Charms of Driving in Motors, Motor-Cars and Horses and The Motor Laws as they exist. The appendix now includes a chart of motor-racing speeds and an expanded section on motor law, with diagrams of number plates. The many technical drawings are supplemented by some charming plates, including little mishaps and encounters. Edited by the newspaper magnate, Viscount Northcliffe (1865-1922), the book also includes chapters by early motoring luminaries such as C. S. Rolls and Lord Montagu of Beaulieu.

[Stock No. 26073]

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