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A Motor Tour Through Canada

Author: Thomas W. Wilby
ISBN #: 
Price: $60.00
Publisher: John Lane, The Bodley Head
Publisher Location: London
Book Condition: VG
Dust Jacket Condition: no jacket
Edition: First edition
Pub Date: 1914
p.o. address label and gift inscription to front eps, articles laid-in and glued to rear eps with some offsetting, tips and corners worn, 31 illustrations, all present and correct. This is an account of the first crossing of Canada by automobile. The English writer, Thomas W. Wilby, accompanied by Fonce V. (Jack) Haney mechanic/driver, completed the trip in a 1912 Reo special touring car. In 1912 Wilby and his wife Agnes had made a crossing of the United States by automobile.The success of that expedition made Agnes Wilby the first woman to cross the US by car. Wilby, who championed the idea of trans-continental motor routes wrote a romanticized version of that trip in his novel, On the Trail to Sunset. Along with the newsclippings in the book is a note advising that they be put "in Tom's Canadian book when you get home. Thanks; A." Given that Wilby's wife was named Agnes and that the inscription "The Mater with love from Filius" is dated December, 1913 (prior to publication) I suspect that the inscription is by the author to his mother. In any case a scarce and important book of automotive history. 8vo - over 7" - 9". Hard Cover.