Manifold Pressures - Motoring Misadventures of Major Upsett - Russell Brockbank 1958 - Temple Press Limited, London - First Edition With original drawing by Brockbank to the front end-papers, and the dedication ‘John......Brock....Hi’ with an arrow pointing towards a sketch of Major Upsett. A fantastic and unique example of British cartoon work, in it’s original dust-jacket bright and fresh.

“Brock’s reputation was established as one of the finest illustrators – I refuse to call him a cartoonist – in the motoring world. When Brockbank drew a Blower Bentley, you knew it was a Blower Bentley. And when he drew a Bugatti, you knew if it was a Type 35, 51 or 57." - Dean Batchelor.
  Brockbank was born in Canada (his mother, who was living in the US, rushed across the bridge at Niagara during a thunderstorm in the final stage of her pregnancy to ensure that he was born on British Empire soil), but moved to the UK in 1929, at the age of 16.

An artist and a keen fan of motoring, and particularly motorsport, he had his first break when he approached the racing driver and Thai prince B Bira with five cartoons. Brockbank wanted £5 for the lot. Bira, a very generous man as well as a very rich one, gave him £5 for each - this in the days when £25 represented several weeks' wages.

After this promising start, Brockbank went on to become Art Editor at Punch and the regular cartoonist for Motor.

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  Condition: Near fine in like price-clipped jacket.   Ref: 102759   Price: HK$ 4,200