The London Cyclist Battalion - A. S. Clark [Editor]

1932 - Published for The 25th London (Cyclist) Old Comrades' Association by Forster Groom & Co., London - First Edition
The thirty-three years from 1887 to 1920 witnessed the conception, birth, growth, adolescence, and premature death of military cycling (as distinct from mere despatch riding) in the British Army. This scarce work provides a history of military bicycling in the British Army, chronicling the events of the 26th corp., and it’s successor the 25th battalion, including their campaigns in Waziristan, India in 1917, the third Afghan War of 1919, the Amiritsar uprising in 1919, and in Mesopotamia.

Illustrated throughout with photographic plates.
 
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Cycles and Cycling, with a Chapter For Ladies - H. Hewitt Griffin, Miss L.C. Davidson

1890 - George Bell & Sons, London - First Edition
The Racing Ordinary, High-frame Cripper, Kangaroo Dwarf, The Otto Dicycle, The Dandy-Horse, The Leicester Safety, The Facile, Singer’s ‘Xtra, Manumotive, Whippet, The Success, The Mohawk Racer, The Sociable, The Coventry lever tricycle, The Phantom double-asteering. All these and more, with much detail on the history and development of the bicycle, learning, touring, racing and training.

A near fine example of an extremely scarce little first edition, which in addition to it's wonderful text and illustrations, has marvelous advertisements to the front and rear.
 
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Around the United States by Bicycle - Claude C. Murphey

1906 - Raynor & Taylor, Detroit - First Edition
An near fine and extremely rare copy of this wonderful book, profusely illustrated with drawings by Eustace Paul Ziegler, and by photograph plates from photographs taken by Clarence M. Darling.

The story of how a pair of young men, Clarence M. Darling and Claude C. Murphy, bicycled across the United States on a wager. The terms were that the entire journey was to be completed in 1 year and 6 months time, and without a penny to their name, any funds used had to be raised from the sale of an aluminum card-receiver or ash-tray, they were not allowed to beg, work, borrow, nor steal.
 
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1897 - A. D. Innes & Co. ‘The Isthmian Library’, London - First Edition
A scarce first edition of this comprehensive work, obviously, published during the early years of the fashionable cycling boom, and illustrated throughout with full page photographic plates and charmingly witty vignettes.

Chapters include -
Of Cycles and Cycling; The Cycle in Society by Mrs. F. Harcourt Williamson; The Choice of a Machine; How to Keep a Machine in Good Order; Humours of Cycling by Gilbert Floyd; Pneumatic Tyres and the Methods of Repairing Them; How to Ride; Touring and the Tourist’s Outfit; Rides Round London by C.P. Sisley; Racing and Training; Clubs, Cycling Institutions and Literature Devoted to the Sport; Tandems, Multicycles, Machines of Peculiar Design and Motor Cycles; and How to Build a Bicycle.

‘A how-to book, in which the author described Wells’
The wheels of chance as “ludicrously accurate.” - Jamieson, Bicycle Travel and Touring Resources. 
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Fifty Years of Schwinn-Built Bicycles - Frank V. Schwinn

1945 - Arnold, Chicago - First Edition
Published to commemorate the 50 year anniversary of Schwinn bicycles, 1895-1945, this profusely illustrated book features numerous photographs, drawings, and vintage advertisements in colour, sepia, and black and white, as well as a tribute to Schwinn company founder, Ignaz Schwinn.

This copy also features a typed letter from Frank V. Schwinn, dated March 7th 1949, to the book’s previous owner, Mr. J.R. Davies, thanking him for his letter on behalf of his father, Frank W. Schwinn.
 
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