Fifty Years of Schwinn-Built Bicycles -

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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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 world on wheels - Mr. and Mrs. H. Darwin McIlrath

1898 - The Inter Ocean Publishing Co., Chicago - First Edition in book form.
When I consented to the plan of going around the world I intended to make the trip alone, but my wife pleaded so hard to accompany me that I finally concluded to take her. She is a brave little girl, and rather than considering her a burden, I now look upon her as having been of great help to me on our memorable voyage. Aside from the fact that she is an expert wheelwoman, she is also an unerring shot.

So wrote Darwin McIlrath of his wife Hattie in 1898 after their three and a half year round-the-world bicycle tour. This husband-and-wife pair pedalled 28,000 miles on a world bike trip, making Hattie one of the first women to go around the world by bicycle (Annie Londonderry is often cited as the first). The voyage took them from Chicago to San Francisco, then to Japan by ship, through China, Burma, India, Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Turkey, Greece, Romania, Hungary, and Austria.

A near fine and rare work, illustrated with a pictorial title page, twelve full page engraved plates and one map showing their route through China, Burma and India.
 
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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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The Fastest Bicycle Rider In the World: The Story of a Colored Boy's Indomitable Courage and Success Against Great Odds - Marshall W. “Major” Taylor

1928 - Wormley Publishing Company, Worcester - First Edition
World champion at 19... One of the first black athletes to become world champion in any sport, before Jackie Robinson, Jack Johnson or Jesse Owens... 1-mile record holder... American sprint champion in 1898, 1899, 1900... triumphant tours of Europe and Australia... Victories against all European champions...

For more than 16 years Taylor bicycled to glory on three continents. His name on the marquee meant added revenue and attendance. In Europe, he was a superstar, and treated like one. Yet he was mocked by fellow riders in America, shunned by his sport's establishment, and died forgotten and penniless in Chicago in 1932. Part of why Taylor should be remembered is the way he reacted to the hatred he had to ride against: ‘
I always played the game fairly and tried my hardest, although I was not always given a square deal or anything like it ... I only ask from them the same kind of treatment which I give and am willing to continue to give’.

A near fine copy of this important autobiography in the rare dust jacket. With photographic plates.
 
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