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(AUTOMOBILE ‑ HIGHWAY PLANNING) WESTGARD, A.L. TALES OF A PATHFINDER.
New York: Westgard, (1920). 8vo. Cloth spine, printed boards. Frontispiece photographic portrait, 213, (19) pages. First and only edition.(Bliss, # 35).

Anton Westgard was called "the Pathfinder," and was a highway pioneer and photographer. He was appointed by the Federal Highway Administration Director Logan Page to research appropriate locations for the first transcontinental highways. Westgard's 1911 cross-country field survey via automobile ultimately led to what would become the Lincoln Highway. He also mapped the National Park to Park Highway for the Automobile Association of America in 1920. This is Westgard's assessment of his work on highway planning across the country with many photographs in text. Chapter headings include: "The Trundle Wheel," "A Modern Noah's Ark," "Yuma Border," "At the Grand Canyon," "Sniping Gringoes," etc. Last 19 pages are automobile related advertisements. Very good.


$385.00
(AUTOMOBILE ‑ NOVELTY HOUSE) WADE, E.A. SOUVENIR OF "THE ONE LOG CABIN."
Aberdeen, Washington: (1926). Oblong 12mo. Stiff folding cardboard.

Rare novelty item - a promotion for the "One Log Cabin." A motor home built out of the trunk of a massive Douglas Fir mounted on a truck frame. The truck was built by Dodge. The Douglas Fir Log Cabin weighed 5,500 pounds and toured 32 states, traveled 18,000 miles and visited 127 schools. Front of cardboard shows half-tone photograph of the "motor home" with two men. Interior shows half-tone photograph of its interior. "Homes built of lumber from great logs like this will stand for ages with beauty of interior woodwork that only such trees can produce."


$125.00
(AUTOMOBILE BROCHURE) HALL, V.R. PRACTICAL SUGGESTIONS FOR CHOOSING AN AUTO.
(NP: circa 1907). 16mo. Printed wrappers, (8) pages.

Rare early automobile brochure not recorded on OCLC. Loosely inserted: reprinted story "'Cartercar Makes Long Trip' from Pacific Motoring, Nov. 2, 1907," concerning A.A. Davis's trip from Los Angeles, North, up beyond Sacramento, into mining country, and through some snow. The pamphlet is wrought from rather soft-pitched selling, in the form of a consumer's guide to buying a car, the Cartercar making only a small impression. Includes three halftone plates, with four illustrations. Slight tear to outer edge, else very good.


$185.00
(AUTOMOBILE CAMPING) BRIMMER, Frank E. MOTOR CAMPCRAFT.
New York: MacMillan Company, 1923. 8vo. Decorated cloth. xii, 224 pages, 16 plates. First edition.

A handy guide for automobile camping and equipment. Chapter headings include: "Take your home and tour," "Camping with your motorcycle," "The portable camp stove," and "Where to make camp." Photographic plates illustrate the various types of camping facilities for the road and the variety of camping equipment. Bright decorative cloth cover in very good condition.


$185.00
(AUTOMOBILE CAMPING) LONG, John D. amd J.C. MOTOR CAMPING.
New York: Dodd, Mead and Company, 1926. 8vo. Dust jacket, cloth. x, 380 pages, 19 photographic plates.

Revised edition of an early automobile travel account focusing on camping. Chapter headings include: "Saving money by motor camping," "Camping with a Ford," "Equipment for the journey," "Camp health and recreation," "Where to go," and "List of camping sites by states." Rare with original illustrated dust jacket with minor chipping, else very good.

$125.00
(AUTOMOBILE MANUSCRIPT RECORD) AUTOMOBILE RECORD, 1920‑1926.
(Maine?):1920-1926. Oblong red leather with gilt lettering, all edges gilt. Unpaginated manuscript notations throughout.

Though the owner is not named, we know he had a 1917 Ford and in 1921 it was registered in Maine, #49290. Starting on April 11, 1920, he kept this log of travel on 28 double pages, noting the date, where he started, his speedometer mileage, delays (if any) the number in the party and other remarks (gas was 33 cents). Early trips recorded to Plymouth, New Bedford, Concord, Boston, Harvard and later to Boothbay Harbor, etc. The last entry is for August 8th, 1926 and noting his speedometer mileage, he covered 13,988 miles in these six years. (In 1920 gas was 24 cents a gallon). A presentation card to "Uncle Charlie" is enclosed with the wish "may the roads be good, the pleasure great, and the "blow-outs" few...""


$325.00
(AUTOMOBILE PHOTOGRAPHIC ALBUM) BLACK, Dr. & Mrs., and others. Photographic Album of Trip in Colorado to Yellowstone, 1922 to 1926.
(Denver: n.p. (1922-1926). Oblong 8vo. Cloth boards, cord tie. (104) pages with 271 mounted photographs.

This album records several automobile camping trips taken by two families in Colorado, South Dakota, and westward through Wyoming Park, from 1922 to 1926. The 271 snapshots were annotated with some death dates of friends as well a details of their trip. The album was purchased at The Colorado House, W.H. Kister Stationary Co., Denver with their label inside. The people on the trips were Dr. & Mrs. Black; Claude Black; Fred & Grace & Snap the dog; Mr. & Mrs. Secherell; Minnie Knight. Dr. Black was apparently a photographer as one of his photos is reproduced. Particularly fine is the coverage of Yellowstone (over 60 good views): the bears, the crowds, the hotel, the thermal features, etc. Examples include a page of three pictures of "Turkey Creek;" four of "Yellowstone Park" Thermal features; two of "Old Faithful Geyser;" two of "Punch Bowl" and the Hotel by Old Faithful; four of "Spring Snow - Washington Park, Denver;" three of Amarilis Blooms; and four of "first engine run over the U.P. railroad of Denver." Very good.


$1,850.00
(AUTOMOBILE PHOTOGRAPHS) GRAY & DAVIS. GRAY & DAVIS LIGHT ON THE DARK CONTINENT.
Boston: Gray & Davis, (circa 1920). Oblong 8vo. (4 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches). (32) pages.

Scarce auto travel booklet not recorded on OCLC. "A party of Americans motored through Northern Africa and Western Europe in a car equipped with the Gray & Davis electric lighting system and Gray & Davis lamps. The driver of the car, enthusiastic about the service given by our light, sent us some vivid snap-shots taken en route, and we asked him if he would not write us a little account of the trip." Included in the text are 19 black-and-white page-sized photographs including "Roman ruins at Timgad," "Custom house between Algeria and Tunisia," "Where camel caravans are commoner than automobiles," etc.


$175.00
(AUTOMOBILE RACE PROGRAM) AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF HARTFORD. OFFICIAL PROGRAM. ENDURANCE RUN, OF THE AUTOMOBILE CLUB OF HARTFORD, HARTFORD ‑ MIDDLETOWN ‑ WATERBURY ROUTE.
(Hartford: The Transcript Press, May 16, 1908. 8vo. Printed pictorial wrappers.(24) pages.

Rare automobile race program with only one copy recorded on OCLC - Connecticut State Library. The official race program of the earliest Connecticut automobile race which includes the fifty entrants by name, place of origin, and names and specs of automobile being driven. Most came from Connecticut and Massachusetts, a few from New York. With two-page map of the circular route on pages 11-12 from Hartford to Middletown, to Southington, to Waterbury, to Bristol, to Farmington and back to Hartford. There are many rules for the run listed with the sanction of the Racing Board of American Automobile Association. Also included is a history and the awards, sponsoring company of the person, blank form for tracking time of each round, and advertisements. Very good.


$250.00
(AUTOMOBILE RECORDS) MATHER, E. Day. TRAVELOGUE.
(Rochester, New York: 1910). 8vo. Limp textured folding leather case. (8) printed pages, with unnumbered blank leaves with attached pencil and pocket with folding map.

Personal travel log kept by E. Day Mathers of Rochester, New York with his notations on his travels beginning March 2-3, 1910 leaving Rochester and driving down the coast to Virginia and on to Miami and the Florida Keys with the last entry dated March 20. Other leaves include names and addresses, and miscellaneous notations on distances, expenses, etc. Former map attached in back missing, else very good.


$200.00
(AUTOMOBILE STOLEN BROADSIDE) OFFICE Of THE SHERIFF, STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA. STOLEN AUTOMOBILE.                                                                                                 
Stockton, California: May 14, 1915. Printed broadside (11 x 8 1/2, unfolded).

Rare early example of a wanted poster advertising a stolen automobile. "ford, new 1915 model, five passenger, painted black, motor No. 682,551, factory No. 685,701, glass front, top,..." "Stolen from in front of Orpheum Theater last night about ten o'clock." Note at bottom: "Cir. No. 534. Auto recovered and man arrested."


$125.00
(AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL - ACCESSORIES) BRIMMER, Frank E. COLEMAN MOTOR CAMPERS MANUAL.
Wichita, Kansas: Coleman Lamp Co., 1926. 8vo. Pictorial wrappers. 63 pages. Second edition.

Scarce item with only four copies recorded on OCLC - The Henry Ford Museum, SUL Ross State Univ., Southern Methodist Univ., and Utah State Univ. A finely illustrated manual for the automobile traveler who wants to camp out. It gives numerous tips on how to pack, what to take, practical cooking tips, proper bedding and clothing, etc. Also has a layout with photographs of the "equipment which makes camping successful." With several styles of Coleman camp stoves illustrated and described in the back. Very good.


$250.00
(AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL ‑ AMERICA) (EDDY, Arthur Jerome). TWO THOUSAND MILES ON AN AUTOMOBILE.
Philadelphia/London: J.B. Lippincott Co., 1902. 8vo. Decorated cloth. 329 pages. First edition.

"Being a desultory narrative of a trip through New England, New York, and the West by 'Chauffeur.'" With 18 illustrations by Frank Verback. The trip starts in Kendallville, Indiana to Buffalo and eventually makes its way around upper New York to Massachusetts through New England. They even go into Canada. Although the author never got farther than Ohio, this is usually described as the first book-length account of an automobile trip in the United States. Early owner's signature on front end leaf. Remarkably bright and clean copy in very good condition.



$425.00
(AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL ‑ CAMPING) FERGUSON, Melville F. MOTOR CAMPING ON WESTERN TRAILS.
New York/London: Century Co., (1925). 8vo. Printed cloth. xix, 300, 30 plates. first edition (Bliss 44).

A guide for Western travel in the mainland U.S., Canada and Hawaii. Chapters include "Making ready for the road," "Farewell to paved roads," "Camp life in geyser land," "A detour into Canada," "Outdoors in Southern California," "the Hawaiian lure," etc. With many photographs. The endpapers display a map of the U.S. with the routes outlined. Very good.


$225.00
(AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL ‑ PHILADELPHIA) EVENING BULLETIN. PHILADLEPHIA. MOTOR TRIPS TO HISTORIC POINTS IN AND NEAR PHILADELPHIA.     
Philadelphia: Evening Bulletin, 1926. 4to. Printed decorated wrappers. 81 pages.

Scarce travel pamphlet with only four copies recorded on OCLC. "Also motor routes to many points. Reprinted from The Evening Bulletin" filled with photographic illustrations and maps featuring such sites as "By Washington's Road to Valley Forge," "Tour to Trenton, Princeton and Monmouth," "Lincoln's Ancestor was a Berks Countian," "Boston Tea Party Duplicated at Greenwich," etc.


$150.00
(AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL ‑ PRIVATELY PRINTED COPY OF TRIP BY EDISON, FORD AND COMPANY) BURROUGHS, John, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Harvey Firestone. OUR VACATION DAYS OF 1918.
(N.P.: n. p., 1921). Folio. Three-quarter morocco, paper covered boards. (66) stiff card stock pages with 75 sepia toned silver mounted prints.

Scarce privately printed book of limited number of copies ever printed with only a dozen copies recorded on OCLC. The record of a twelve day camping trip taken by John Burroughs, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Harvey S. Firestone and others through Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Virginia and Maryland. Photos show the foursome enjoying their "vagabond" days among the common folk, and studying nature with Burroughs. Each photograph is professionally mounted with caption. Pictures show them traveling by train and most often by auto with other pictures showing them camping, hunting, exploring nature and sites, etc. With map marking their itinerary starting at Pittsburgh and ending at Hagerstown, Maryland. A posthumous publication dedicated to the memory of John Burroughs, it was commissioned by Firestone, with characteristic style in an elaborate book prepared to record this vacation. This account was also included in his "Under the Maples," 1921 as "Strenuous Holiday." In that printing there is only one photograph. Extremely scarce. Light wear, else very good.


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(AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL ‑ STEREOPTICON CARDS) Four Men Travel New England, Long Island to Mt. Washington, 1911.
 
Twenty-six stereopticon cards (each 3 1/2 x 7 inches)

Set of stereopticon cards of a trip four men took by car from August 3 to August 17, 1911. They started at the Delaware Water Gap in Pennsylvania and traveled as far as Mt. Washington culminating in Long Island. Views show them driving, camping, fishing, taking the ferry, visiting sites, etc. Each double-image stereopticon card is inscribed in ink with brief description of their travels: "Delaware Water Gap. Aug. 3rd 1911," "In Camp. Lake George - Hague NY. Aug 6-8," "Early risers in the in the Winooski Wilderness. Aug 10, 40 miles out from Burlington en route to Bristol," "Old Sea Dogs on Lake Champlain Aug. 8th." etc. An early example of the trials and adventures automobile travel took in the early twentieth century.


$850.00
(AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL ‑ UNITED STATES) BUTLER, Charles R. A JUNE MOTOR JAUNT.
Manakato, Minnesota: Free Press Co., 1923. 8vo. Green cloth. 77 pages.

a scarce automobile item with only seven copies recorded on OCLC, and not found in Bliss. "The rambling tale of a summer motor trip done into booklet form and presented to Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Gowan. with the Christmas greeting and best wishes of the author, December 1923." A privately printed personal journal of Charles Butler's automobile trip from Wisconsin, Michigan, Ontario, upper New York, into Berkshires, along the New England coast back into Canada, Quebec, etc. Each copy is inscribed with the name of the recipient that Christmas. With several in-text photographs of the places and sites he saw. Very good.


$185.00
(AUTOMOBILE TRAVEL ‑ VERMONT) PROCTOR, Mortimer, and Roderic Olzendam. VERMONT, THE UNSPOILED LAND.
(Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle Company, 1915). Oblong printed wrappers. 93 pages, 1 folding map. First edition.

Scarce travel guide with only seven copies recorded on OCLC. The cover titled: "The Green Mountain Tour, Vermont." A photographic travel guide detailing the benefits, attractions and wonders and sites in Vermont designed for the newly developing automobile travelers market. Filled with numerous green tinted photographs of various natural and man-made sites in the state - both natural and historic. With signature of owner on front blank leaf. Very good.


$125.00
(AUTOMOBILE TRIP ‑ COAST TO COAST) MASSEY, Beatrice Larned,. IT MIGHT HAVE BEEN WORSE; A MOTOR TRIP FROM COAST TO COAST.
.San Francisco: Harr Wagner Publ., 1920. 8vo. Publisher's decorated cloth, dust jacket. (x), 146 pages. First edition.

Scarce early twentieth-century woman's travel journal. The author begins her work: "After reading 'By Motor to the Golden Gate,' by Emily Post, published in 1916, I was fired by a desire to make a similar tour." She started her trip in New York and traveled across the continent to San Francisco. Chapter headings include "Ohio and Detours," "Millions of Grasshoppers," "The Bad Lands - 'Nature's Freakest Mood,'" "Westward Ho!," and "The End of the Road." In her forward she explains her motivation: "There are many so-called 'highways' to follow, and numerous routes which, according to the folders, have good roads and first-class accommodations all the way,' that hundreds of unsuspecting citizens are touring across every year....On the whole it has been a revelation, and, to my mind, the only way to get a first-hand knowledge of our country, its people, the scenery, and last, but not the least, its roads - good, bad, and infinitely worse." Dust jacket minor chipping along edges and handled; outer edge of pages untrimmed, else very good.


$150.00
(AUTOMOBILE FIRE INSURANCE) NATIONAL SECURITY FIRE INSURANCE COMPANY. Two‑page Monthly Fiscal Bulletin for Omaha Nebraska Insurance Company with Flyer for Automobile Insurance Company aimed at covering fire insurance for Automobiles.
Omaha: March 1917. Quarto Two-sheet typed Bulletin on company letterhead with two-sided printed and illustrated flyer promoting automobile fire insurance.

Rare automobile ephemera on automobile insurance, the Monthly Bulletin No. 16 (March 1917) with typed report to "Stockholders of the National Fire Insurance Company" on the status of their finances. The company letterhead with automobile and horse driven fire equipment exiting fire house. Included is a printed flyer promoting the need to buy fire insurance for your car "Do they burn?" "They do Burn!" with two half-tone photographs of a wrecked automobile and another one of an automobile destroyed by fire. Printed for the Automobile Insurance Company of Lincoln, Nebraska. Very good.


$110.00