Round the World in a Motor-Car - Antonio Scarfoglio, J. Parker Heyes (translator) 1909 - Grant Richards, London - First Edition in English A rare example of this first edition. Written by one of only three finishers, this is the account of the 1908 New York to Paris Race, which became known as ‘The Great Race’, in wonderful illustrated cloth covers and illustrated throughout with seventy black and white illustrations mostly from photographs.

The Great Race’ was inspired by the famous Peking to Paris race the previous year, and began in Times Square on January 12th 1908. New York, San Francisco, Alaska (by ship), Japan (because the Alaskan conditions were considered too treacherous), then Siberia, Manchuria, Europe, to Paris, approximately 10,400 miles. Scarfoglio himself arrived in Paris in September.
  Book review by The Spectator Magazine - 2 October 1909 – Signor Scarfoglio and his companions started from the office of the Matin in Paris on January 28th and reached America on February 6th. The journey across America occupies about half the volume. There is the usual story of accidents, breakdowns, and hardships. Not the least notable thing is the extraordinary enthusiasm among the Italian "exiles" which the affair excited. If the States had been a part of Italia Irredenta they could not have been more moved. Then the car was transported to Japan. Japan traversed, the voyagers made their way across Manchuria, Transbaikalia, Siberia, Russia, and Germany. Near the European frontier there was a fatal accident. The horses in a cart, frightened by the car, ran away and a child was killed, – how many horses were frightened, we wonder, during this round- the-world journey ? The result was three days in a Russian prison. On September 17th Paris was reached.

Provenance: George A. Oliver of Glasgow with his name and date 20th July 1959.

Collated and all illustrations present (15/12/2018).

Thick octavo (book size 22.8x15.5cm), pp. 368. In publisher’s blue cloth, lettered in gilt to spine and front board, illustration to front board in light blue, white, red and brown, framed with single gilt filet, top edge gilt others uncut.
  Condition: Near fine, some minor rubbing to corners and edges of cloth, toning to endpapers, light foxing to page edges.   Ref: 109630   Price: HK$ 3,000