Very Early automobile book
Sir Henry Thompson
The Motor-car: An Elementary Handbook on its Nature, Use & Management
London Frederick Warne and co 1902
First and possibly only edition. Small 8vo Hardback blue cloth attrac tive gilt design to front board and lettered spine. pp. 108 Scattered foxing mainly to prelims and endpapers. B&w frontis photographic plate. Contemporary gift signature (non authorial) to front top end paper v.good. Thompson a urologist by trade had multi interests. An artist who exhibited at the Royal academy, a collector of Nanking pottery, a chicken breeder, Gormet and novelist. By the age of 81, Thompson’s interest in new pursuits had not diminished. In 1901 he bought a motor car - a Daimler 6.5 HP (pictured in book). He wrote a series of letters to The Times in support of the new invention, defending it from its horse-riding detractors. He published these in his book, "The Motor Car. Its nature, use and management" (1902), along with an explanation of the "anatomy and physiology" of his car. His book also included useful travelling directions from London to various places around the country and contained tips on how to avoid speeding fines!