Around the world on wheels for the Inter ocean : the travels and adventures in foreign lands of Mr. and Mrs. H. Darwin McIlrath / compiled from letters written by Mr. McIlrath and published in the Sunday and weekly Inter ocean, from April, 1895, to November, 1898 - 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.
  All of our luggage was carried in a leather case which neatly fitted the inside angles of the bicycle frames. Our personal apparel consisted merely of a change of underwear, as we depended upon the stores in towns along our route for new clothes whenever we should need them. The remainder of our luggage cases contained photograph films, medicines, repair outfits, etc. My “artillery,” for which there was great use as it afterward happened, consisted of two 3S-caliber and one 44-caliber revolvers.

Provenance: From the Estate of Daniel R. Davis of Seattle, Washington.
(19 x 13.5 cm) pp. 130. Original green cloth, also published in blue wrappers in the same year, front cover lettered in silver.
  Condition: Near fine, minor rubbing to corners, toning to later pages.   Ref: 105202   Price: HK$ 3,800