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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Motors and Motor-Driving - Alfred C. Harmsworth

May 1902 - Longmans, London and Bombay - Second Edition
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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Bentley: The Vintage Years - Signed - Michael Hay

1986 - Dalton Watson, London - First Edition, Deluxe Limited Edition
‘I am confident that Bentley: The Vintage Years will find a space on every Bentley enthusiast’s shelf and be held as an example by others, endeavouring to write a definitive work on any motoring subject’ – Gibbs Pancheri.

Magnificently Bentley! The special limited edition, number 68 of 200, signed by author Michael Hays, bound in custom green morocco leather, lettered and edged in gilt, housed in bespoke slipcase.

A most comprehensive survey of the Vintage Bentley from 1919 to 1931, with over 500 photographs of coach built Bentleys, as well as a full account of Bentley’s racing history into the early 1930’s.
 
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Price HK$ 14,000