SOLD - Pekin to Paris: An Account of Prince Borghese’s Journey Across Two Continents in a Motor-Car - 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?
  Translated by L.P. de Castelvecchio, with an Introduction by Prince Borghese.

Provenance: Small ownership inscription of a George A. Oliver, dated September 1956.

Thick octavo (size 22.8x15cm), pp. 645 [1] [2]. In publisher’s blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front board with illustration of the car and drivers in various colours, and lettering in gilt, top edge gilt.

Collated and all illustrations present (15/12/2018).
  Condition: Near fine, light spotting to prelims and page edges, rubbing to corners and edges of cloth.   Ref: 109628   Price: HK$ 0