Automobilia: A Guided Tour for Collectors (Michael Worthington-Williams)

Automobilia: A Guided Tour for Collectors (Michael Worthington-Williams) lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Transport Cars section. priced at £6.50! Call in and get 40% OFF that price when you mention this post…

London: B. T. Batsford and the Royal Automobile Club, 1979, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Top edge dyed Blue; Black & white photographs [182]; Colour photographs [48]; Frontispiece; Appendices [2];

From the cover: With each succeeding year, something else becomes a collectors item; the intervals between these periods of fashion diminish as the pace of cultural change increases. Few elements of everyday life over the last hundred years reflect this cultural change as much as the motor car, one of the best examples of modern technology which is directly available to the general public. During its comparatively short but varied history it has already produced a host of collectable items.

It is not just car accessories for example, lamps, horns, radiator emblems that are being collected, but also items from peripheral or even totally unrelated industries that have taken motor transport as their theme catalogues and advertising material, motoring magazines, photographs, inkstands, paperweights, cigarette cards and models. This book introduces and richly illustrates this growing hobby, gives guidance on what to collect and preserve, and tells where to find it and how to recognize it. It also endeavours to instil an awareness of the need to preserve the products that relate to an industry that is destroying items from its past as rapidly as it is creating them for the future.

The full range of Automobilia is vast, and whether your enthusiasm is expert or as yet untutored, there is always more to learn, always more to see. Michael Worthington-Williams, an experienced motoring journalist and historian and Sothebys motoring adviser, has presented a wealth of detailed information; and, backed by Peter Roberts excellent photographs, has written a book that is a unique guide to a fascinating activity.

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Small address sticker to the front flap.

Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages. Index. 10″ x 7½”.

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