SOLD - Pekin to Paris - Luigi Barzini

1907 - E. Grant Richards, London - First Edition in English
Rare first edition of this epic work, in bright illustrated cloth, and containing 100 photographs of some quite amazing scenes, scenery and peoples, together with folding colour map to rear.

‘Will any one agree to go, this summer, from Peking to Paris by motor-car’ –
Le Matin 1907
‘I hereby enter my name for the Peking to Paris race in an Itala motor car’ –
Prince Scipione Borghese

– The Car: 4-cylinders, 7.4 litres (bore 130mm, stroke 140mm), propeller shaft to the rear wheels, brakes only on the rear wheels, fuel consumption 9 mpg.

– The Rally: Thousands of miles, two continents, no roads, petrol stations, or reliable maps. At Nankow they had to be hauled over the mountains by mules and men. 60mph in the Gobi desert!

Why Not?
 
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Down in the Sumps - with - Unbalanced Cranks - W.H. Charnock

1951 - By the Author, Sussex - First Editions
The inimitable W.H. Charnock, the motoring man’s poet laureate.

On this grid are 51 poems to the joy and nostalgia of the motor vehicle, such as:
Combustio ad Infernum; Club Handicap - Silverstone; The Continental Boys; Bore Wise, Piston Foolish; Elegy For Cleaning Rags; Hill Climb, 1921; Bat Out of Hell; Salute to Bentley Drivers; S.T.D. and O.P.

An extremely rare and vintage duo in concours condition, harder to find than a brace of Blower Bentleys.
 
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Motoritis or Other Interpretations of the Motor Act - Charles ‘Chas’ Crombie (illustrator)

1906 - Simpkin, London - First Edition
A superb rare and large (38 x 27.5 cm) folio. ‘Motoritis’ contains twelve colour plates of humorous ‘Other Interpretations’ of the newly passed 1904 Motor Car Act. Section 1 of the Act introduced the crime of reckless driving, which Crombie aptly illustrates in the third plate.

Produced for ‘Perrier’ ‘The Champagne of Table Waters’, with additional colour plate advertisement for them, and bottle labels to the verso of each of Crombie’s illustrations.
 
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The Scarlet Car - Richard Harding Davis

1907 - Charles Scribner's Sons, New York - First Edition
For a long time it had been arranged they all should go to the Harvard and Yale game in Winthrop’s car...

A near fine first edition of this vintage motoring murder mystery, in the rare dust jacket. With twelve full page illustrations by Frederic Dorr Steele (1873-1944) who was best known for his illustrations of Sherlock Holmes (Steele was the man who introduced Holmes’ Deerstalker and Calabash pipe).

The basis for the 1917 American silent drama film directed by Joe De Grasse and featuring Lon Chaney.

‘”Shall be together.” he quoted, “breathe and ride. So, one day more am I deified; who knows but the world may end to-night?”’”If you don’t stop this car quick,” she said, “the world will end for all of us.”’
 
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On Wandering Wheels: The Tour of the Happy Hearse through the Eastern States of America - Jan & Cora Gordon

1928 - Dodd. Mead & Company, New York - First Edition
A wonderful account of a trip from Maine to Georgia in an old car, complete with break downs, auto camping in the 1920s, and local colour - an attempt to enlighten Europeans as to the charms and romantic side of America seldom seen or written about, according to the Authors.

Black and white woodblock illustrations by Jan Gordon and maps showing the route used as endpapers.
 
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At the Wheel - Ashore and Afloat - Lt.-Cmdr. Montague Grahame-White

Circa 1935 - G. T. Foulis & Co., London - First Edition
Montague Grahame-White [1877-1961] - A founder member of the Royal Automobile Club, brother of the famous aviator Claude Grahame-White, and owner and connoisseur of fine cars and boats. Having owned some of the finest machines of the day from Hispano Suizas and Rolls Royce to the two largest private yachts (one later being owned by Mussolini).

In with the right set, he once drove an Indian Raja for a trip to France in a Mors racer that the Rajah was going to buy for his own ‘Bombay to Poonha ‘race. According to Car magazine ‘Grahame-White was gratified to find that the Mors was up to the top of its form, but the Rajah’s hair stood on end, and he abandoned racing on the spot.

This wonderful book is full of similar anecdotes, from Monte-Carlo to the Suez, and some great classifications of road users, discourteous uses of a car, pedestrians and so on.

With 65 black and white photographs and 9 facsimile letters and illustrated endpapers, a superb copy in publishers decorated cloth.
 
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Ten Years of Motors and Motor Racing - Charles Jarrott

1906 - E. Grant Richards, London - First Edition
A scarce first edition of this autobiography of one of the great pioneers of motor racing, illustrated throughout with a magnificent colour frontispiece by “Spy” (Leslie Ward), forty black and white photographs (lacking plate 144), and maps and charts, including a folding colour ‘Chart Shewing Growth in Racing Speeds’ (15mph in 1897, over 70mph by 1905!).

I confess that motor racing appeals to me as the greatest sport evolved by man’ - Charles Jarrott.

All the details, including the tragic Paris-Madrid ‘Race to the Death’ of 1903, the international Gordon-Bennett race of 1903 representing Great Britain in a Napier, the first British team to ever paint their cars green, where his car overturned and he lifted up the wrecked chassis so the crowd could pull his mechanic out before passing out himself, the following years race in Homburg, the first motor tricycle race in the USA.
 
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SOLD - Round the World in a Motor-Car - Antonio Scarfoglio, J. Parker Heyes (translator)

1909 - Grant Richards, London - First Edition in English
A rare example of this first edition. Written by one of only three finishers, this is the account of the 1908 New York to Paris Race, which became known as ‘The Great Race’, in wonderful illustrated cloth covers and illustrated throughout with seventy black and white illustrations mostly from photographs.

The Great Race’ was inspired by the famous Peking to Paris race the previous year, and began in Times Square on January 12th 1908. New York, San Francisco, Alaska (by ship), Japan (because the Alaskan conditions were considered too treacherous), then Siberia, Manchuria, Europe, to Paris, approximately 10,400 miles. Scarfoglio himself arrived in Paris in September. 
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