The Badminton Library – Motors And Motor-driving.
Longmans, Green, and Co.
8vo. 5.5 x 7.5 inches. xx + 456 pp. +  pp. series lists. Bound in original brown pictorial cloth, gilt. Patterned endpapers. Extremities a little worn, including head and tail of spine and front hinges starting to crack; otherwise a very good clean copy. Decorative book plate. Illustrated by 13 plates, including 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.' This comprehensive survey at the dawn of the motoring age includes technical aspects, dress, health, steam and electric cars, roads and automobile clubs. 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 literature, including the new motoring periodicals, is discussed in the first part of the appendix, which also supplies a glossary of terms in French - German - English. The many technical drawings are supplemented by some charming plates, including little mishaps and encounters. Edited by the newspaper magnate, Alfred Harmsworth, later Viscount Northcliffe (1865-1922), the book also includes chapters by early motoring luminaries such as C. S. Rolls and John Scott Montagu of Beaulieu Published in the same year as the first edition.
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