Being impressions of the provinces. T. Fisher Unwin, London, 1897. A very early travelogue, not technically motoring as it was conducted primarily by carriage but a fascinating insight into travel and France in 1863 when Taine’s journeys began. Amusingly he describes Le Mans as ‘decidedly ugly….everywhere there is neglect, incongruity, an absence of anything’. Probably just needed a world famous motor race…………………..
Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. First edition. First printing. 8vo. Pp xi + 296 + frontis and 7 b&w plates. Brown cloth boards stamped in gilt on black panels on the spine. Some browning to blank inside cover but otherwise a clean, unmarked copy in a tight binding without dust jacket.