Philadelphia: Stanley Institute, 1910. Hardcover. Two volumes, complete, octavo size, 930 pp. Very good. Item #16121804
Although the first true automobile was invented ca. 1885 by Karl Friedrich Benz, the new-fangled contraption did not come into wide-spread usage until Henry Ford manufactured his 1908 Model T. The first edition of this work was published the following year, 1909, and this set was published the next year, in 1910. "The Automobile was a complex piece of machinery from the beginning. Despite its obvious debt to existing technologies, such as the internal combustion engine and the bicycle, the public still viewed the motor car as a new invention during the years prior to World War I, one that required knowledge and training to master. As a result, during the early decades of automotive history a large number of "self-help" technical and driving manuals were published", of which this is one of the better-regarded (n. b., quote from "The Automobile in American History and Culture" by Michael L. Berger).
Both volumes are replete with diagrams and charts; loosely laid into Volume II is a chart "Trouble Hunting Table for Gasoline Driven Cars, Prepared by Captain Renaud in 'Omnia' ".
___DESCRIPTION: Volume I came to us in plain red cloth, we believe it was re-bound by a prior owner. Volume II came to us disbound, we had a professional bookbinder bind it in a new red cloth matching the companion volume as closely as possible. Both volumes have plain endpapers, both have marbled edges; they each have a coloured frontispiece (of different automobiles), both have illustrations and diagrams throughout, Volume I has a pull-out diagram roughly 27" long of "Working Strokes of the Silent-Knight Valveless Four-Cycle Engine" and a second pull-out roughly 13.5" long, "Plan View of Chassis With Shaft Drive", Volume II has a pull-out approximately 20" long of "Lubrication Directions for a Gasoline Car" (advising that one oils one's springs every day); octavo size (9.5" by 7.25"), pagination: Volume I: [1-16] 17-418; Volume II: [i-x] 419-920. Laid-in Trouble Hunting Table printed on one side only, approximately 9.25" by 11.25".
___CONDITION: Set is overall very good; Volume I: Binding is very good plus, with only minor wear to the head and tail of the spine and the corners, corners are gently bumped, hinges a bit tender with the back hinge having some repair by a prior owner, first pull-out is fine, second is near fine with some unintended folds (it folds too close to the gutter), the interior is clean, the only prior owner markings are a few notations on the front paste-down and the front free endpaper.
Volume II: Binding is fine (just re-bound), hinges are strong, the pull-out is near fine with some unintended folds, the interior shows some marks of having been used with some stray soiling and a few pages with short tears and one small chip none of which affect the text, there is also some very light old damp-staining towards the top of the last third of the book, just running into but not obscuring the text; lastly there is a rough hand-drawn diagram on the last page of text, below the end of the Index. The laid-in Table is very good minus with some overall wear and a tear in the right margin of approximately 1.5", next to but not affecting text; there are some hand-written notations in the left margin.
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