FARMAN, D. Auto-Cars. Cars, Tramcars, and Small Cars. Whittaker & Co. 1896.
8vo. Original red cloth, gilt lettering to upper board and spine, ads. on endpapers; pp. ix + 250 + 48 (publisher's catalogue), text illustrations throughout; very good. Provenance: front pastedown with bookplate of the Society of Writers to Her Majesty's Signet, the prestigious professional assocation of solicitors in Scotland.
First English edition, first published in France in the same year. Scarce. Farman was an Anglo-French company that produced 120 highly regarded but commercially unsuccessful cars between 1919-1930. The company was best known for its military aeroplanes. Dick was the eldest of the three Farman brothers, and didn't reach the heights of his brothers Henri and Maurice in competitive car and aeroplane racing. He did , however, show an early proficiency for engineerng and produced this, one of the earliest books on motoring, at the tender age of 24. It gives a detailed account of the early auto industry, dealing with technical specifications of steam, compressed air. petrol and electric vehicles, and the history of car manufacture to date.