Wheels Round the World by Alan C. Hess soon to be presented for sale on the fantastic BookLovers of Bath web site!
Published: London: Newman Neame, 1951, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white drawings; Title page vignette;
From the cover: With the descriptive skill of the journalist, and the keen eye of the historian, Alan Hess has surveyed the long-distance expeditions which since the turn of the century have brought home to the public the practical possibilities of the motorcar.
Mr Hess, who holds 165 motoring records, saw his own recent record-breaking tour around the world in 21 days in its proper perspective as the last chapter in a long series of historic exploits which began in 1902.
From this first attempt to circle the globe by Dr Lehwess (which came to a ludicrous end), Mr Hess traces the eleven most important expeditions prior to his own.
The newspaper-inspired publicity stunts before World War I, like Peking to Paris and the New York to Paris races of 1907-08 receive their share of attention along with the more scientific expeditions of 1922 and 1932. (The 1922 Citroen expedition opened up the Sahara to motor transport while the Captain Yates Benyons race to Calcutta in 1932 established the reputation of British cars in India).
From the vivid accounts of these journeys the reader comes to know the motoring pioneers whose courage and faith opened the roads of the world to the many who at the time regarded their exploits as irresponsible stunts or crazy adventures.
Introduction by: John Cobb
Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded with a couple of nicks to both panels. Lower board damp-stained at the foot of the spine and board. Blanks tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
Beig boards with Blue titling to the Spine & Upper Board. 94 pages. Index. 9¾” x 7″.
Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I tempt you with something from my Travel catalogue?