Original and rare Volume 2, 1906. 677 pp. Covers, gold titles to spine, showing signs of wearing and age, with some fraying to corners and edges. Spine frayed and bumped. Front and rear covers loose, exposing gutters. Block discoloured with age. Binding remains very much intact however, and the pages - although showing foxing throughout - remain clean, with no tears, marks or annotations noted.Fully illustrated with many sectional technical drawings
'Cheap or rapid or convenient road transport for man and goods is one of the most important of all contributions to national comfort and prosperity.' An early evangelist for the automobile, William Worby Beaumont (1848 - 1929) drew on his engineering background to produce the first volume of this work in 1900, when motor vehicles were still relatively new to British roads. Rapid developments in the automotive industry necessitated the publication of a second volume in 1906. Replete with technical drawings and photographs, the work describes in great detail the design, construction and operation of the earliest motor vehicles, including those powered by steam, electricity and fuels derived from oil. Volume 2 describes the advances made both in the technological development of automobiles and in the volume produced.