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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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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Motors and Motor-Driving - Alfred C. Harmsworth

May 1902 - Longmans, London and Bombay - Second Edition [First Printed April 1902]
A fascinating and comprehensive early motoring work, over 450 pages, illustrated throughout with full page plates many from early phtographs, in-text diagrams and sketches.

Lord Alfred Harmsworth, Baron Northcliffe, was a successful publisher who owned the Daily Mail and many other newspapers and magazines. His newspapers, for some time, had emphasised a “coming revolution on the roads’, and despite being able to comfortably retire on the enormous (at the time) annual income of £150,000, Harmsworth worked hard to compile this, one of the most comprehensive and earliest books on motoring.
 
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The Lure of Speed - Major H. O. D. Segrave

1928 - Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers) Ltd., London - First Edition
Illustrated with numerous black and white photographs.

Segrave, American-born English automobile and motorboat racer who set three world land speed records, published this autobiography two years before his fatal motorboat accident, which incidentally was immediately after setting a water speed record of 85.8 knots.

Educated at Eton and Sandhurst, Segrave served with the Royal Air Force in World War I. During the war he became interested in automobile racing by a visit to the Sheepshead Bay, Long Island, N.Y., course. He won the French Grand Prix (1923) and the San Sebastian Grand Prix (1924) in Spain, in which he was the first racer to wear a crash helmet. He also won the 200-mile (322-kilometre) race at Brooklands in England (1921, 1925, and 1926) and competed in many hill climbs and speed trials from 1914 to 1927.

In 1926 he first broke the land speed record, driving a Sunbeam at 152.33 mile/h (miles per hour [245.15 km/h]). On March 29, 1927, at Daytona, Fla., driving a 1,000-horsepower Sunbeam with a World War I aero-engine, he became the first driver to exceed 200 mile/h (320 km/h) and established a new record of 203.79 mile/h (327.97 km/h). He set a third record of 231.44 mile/h (372.48 km/h) in March 1929.
 
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