BICYCLE

[Philip Henry Wicksteed, economist, theologian and Dante scholar.] Two Autograph Letters Signed (both 'Philip H. Wicksteed'), first to 'Mrs. Chepmell', second to 'Mrs. Borrer', topics including his love of his work, a bicycling holiday, a meeting.

Author: 
Philip Henry Wicksteed (1844-1927), economist, Unitarian theologian, classicist, medievalist, literary critic and Dante scholar
Publication details: 
[Chepmell letter on letterhead of Childrey near Wantage, 7 February 1904. Borrer letter on letterhead of Mount Pleasant, Sidmouth, 22 April 1904.
£80.00

Both letters are in fair condition, lightly aged and worn. 'Mrs. Chepmell' was the wife of Edward Charles Chepmell (1820-1885), society homeopathist. Mrs. Borrer' was the wife of Cary Hampton Borrer (1838-1918) of Hurstpierpoint. ONE: To 'Dear Mrs. Chepmell', 7 February 1904. 3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Begins: 'I find that Mr. Cranage the Cambridge secretary [Rev. David Herbert Somerset Cranage (1866-1957)] is coming down to Hurstpierpoint on Thursday & is going to lunch with Mrs.

[ Reg Gammon illustrates, for the Cyclists' Touring Club, London. ] Printed publicity leaflet, with illustration on cover by Gammon, titled 'What Kind Of Cyclist Are You?'

Author: 
The Cyclists' Touring Club, London; Reg Gammon (1894-1997), illustrator
Publication details: 
The Cyclists' Touring Club, 3 Craven Hill, London, W.2. Undated [ 1930s? ]
£25.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium printed in black on light-blue paper. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. Neat ownership signature at head of first page of Evelyn Parkes of 'Petronella'. Attractive illustration, with Gammon's facsimile signature at bottom right, of a 'wallpaper' of cyclists on front cover, with title. The reverse of the first leaf is headed 'There are Millions of Cyclists' Formed as the Bicycle Touring Club in 1878, it changed its name to the Cyclists' Touring Club in 1883, and was rebranded Cycling UK in 2016.

[ Charly Wesmael, Belgian Second World War cycling frontier guard. ] Printed memoirs, in French, titled 'Ma Camionnette et Moi | Souvenirs de Guerre d'un Garde Frontière 1940'.

Author: 
'Charly Wesmael, 1er Regiment - 1er Bataillon - 6me Compagnie' [ Belgian Second World War bicycling frontier guard ('un humble garde-frontière') from the 'régiments de cyclistes frontières' ]
Publication details: 
Undated (1940s or 1950s?) 'Brochure crée et editée par des Anciens Combattants'. [ Printer's details on wraps: 'G. THONON. HERSTAL'. ]
£220.00

Duplicated Typescript of 25pp., 4to, on rectos of 25 leaves. In conventionally-printed wraps by 'G. THONON. HERSTAL', bearing the title and author's name. With bookmark ribbon striped with the colours of the Belgian flag bound-in at the back. In fair condition, on aged paper, in worn wraps. Dedicated on first page carries the dedication 'AU ROI LÉOPOLD | Digne fils du Roi Chevalier | un humble garde-frontière | dédie ses souvenirs | SEPTEMBRE 1940'.

[Victorian bicycling ephemera.] 'Year Card of Rules, etc., Season, 1890' of the West Roads Cycling Club. [Printed by Cheney

Author: 
[West Roads Cycling Club, London Headquarters, "Baron's Court" Hotel, West Kensington, W.; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
Publication details: 
West Roads Cycling Club, London Headquarters, "Baron's Court" Hotel, West Kensington, W. 1890. [Cheney & Sons, printers, Banbury, Oxfordshire.]
£45.00

[8]pp., 16mo (10.5 x 8 cm). Stitched into card wraps. In very good condition. An attractive production, wtih the light-blue card covers printed in dark blue ink, with the club's device, featuring a lion on top of a wheel, embossed and printed in red. A list of names of the 'Executive' is inside the front cover. With the sixteen 'Rules' on the first two pages, and the other headings: 'Racing Fixtures', 'Executive Meetings', 'General Meetings'; the fourth page carries general notes.

[Victorian bicycling ephemera.] Year card of the Byfield and District Cyclist Club, with 'Runs for 1892', 'Rules' and 'Rules for the Road, and Regulations for Meets', printed by Cheney & Sons of Banbury.

Author: 
[Byfield and District Cyclist Club. Headquarters - "Rose and Crown," Byfield; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
Publication details: 
Byfield and District Cyclist Club. Headquarters - "Rose and Crown," Byfield. 'Cheney & Sons, Typ., Banbury.' [1892]
£35.00

Nicely printed on both sides of a piece of 11 x 15cm card, folded once to make an 11 x 7.5cm bifolium, with the outer covers individual pages, and the internal double-page opening in portrait. The outer covers are blue, with a cloth weave; the internal opening is matte white.

[Victorian bicycling ephemera.] 'Rules and Run Card' of the Bloxham Cyclists' Club, with 'Rules' and 'Club Runs', with engraving of frog on bicycle, printed by Cheney & Sons, Banbury.

Author: 
[Bloxham Cyclists' Club; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
Publication details: 
Bloxham Cyclists' Club. Cheney & Sons, Typ., Banbury. [1892.]
£35.00

4pp., 16mo (11.5 x 7.5 cm). Bifolium. Printed in black, within decorative red borders, on all four sides, with the outer covers grey and the internal pages white. In very good condition. A tasteful production, with the 'Officers, &c.' on the front cover, the twelve 'Rules' on the second page; 'Club Runs' on the third page (fifteen of them, between Wroxton on Wednesday 8 June [1892] and South Newington via Milcombe on Friday 29 July [1892]. Small vignette of a frog on a penny farthing centred on the back cover.

[Victorian bicycling ephemera.] Three items printed by Cheney & Sons for the Banbury Star Cyclists' Club: 'Run Card for May & June, 1891'; announcement of 'Star Cyclists' Quadrille Assembly' weekly dances, printed in gold; and prize dinner invitation

Author: 
[Banbury Star Cyclists' Club, head quarters, The "Old George" Inn, Bridge Street [Unicorn Hotel]; Cheney & Sons, General, Commercial & Artistic Printers, Banbury]
Publication details: 
Banbury Star Cyclists' Club, head quarters, The "Old George" Inn, Bridge Street [Unicorn Hotel]. 'Run Card' printed by 'Cheney & Sons, Typ., Banbury', 1891; announcement [also by Cheney & Sons, but not stated], 1892; invitation, 1897.
£60.00

The three items in very good condition. ONE: 'Run Card for May & June, 1891.' 4pp., 16mo (11.5 x 7.5 cm). Bifolium. Printed in brown within decorative border on all four sides, on creamy-grey paper. In very good condition.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Joseph Wood') to 'Miss Tapp'.

Author: 
Joseph Wood, headmaster of Harrow School, 1899-1910
Publication details: 
2 May 1905; on letterhead of 'THE HEAD MASTER'S, | HARROW.'
£28.00

12mo: 1 p. Good, with traces of previous mounting on blank reverse. He thanks her for her kind note, and is glad she enjoyed 'our little tour, in spite of wind and weather'. He has sent off her camera, 'carefully packed', and hopes 'it will arrive without injury. This is not promising weather for your cycling project!'

Manuscript and typescript material relating to the estate of Ralph Birch, late of Taylor & Birch of Leek, Staffordshire.

Author: 
Lintine & Co. of Birmingham, 'Patentees & Manufacturers of cycle components and accessories', et al.
Publication details: 
1902-3.
£45.00

Four manuscript leaves ranging from 16mo to 4to, with covering typewritten letter, the whole held together by a pin. Somewhat discoloured, but in good condition overall. The letter, in purple ink on Lintine & Co.'s florid black-and-white letterhead, is dated 1 January 1903 and addressed to Messrs Challoner & Shaw, Solicitors, Leek. No more than a note, it requests a list of the creditors to Birch's estate. With the cyclostyled signature of 'David F. Lintine'. The other, manuscript, papers are all clearly from the Challoner archive.

[Auction catalogue by Woodhams and Son of Havelock Road, Hastings, and Stonehouse Farm, Hollington, headed 'BEXHILL, | DE LA WARR | CYCLING BOULEVARD. | CLOSE OF SEASON SALE. | CATALOGUE OF | 63 | High Grade New and Secondhand | BICYCLES'.]

Author: 
[VINTAGE BICYCLES]
Publication details: 
3 November 1897; 'TICEHURST BROS., PRINTERS, HASTINGS.'
£75.00

8vo. 4 pages, in original pink printed wraps, discoloured to light blue on the outside. In very good condition, one vertical crease from catalogue being folded on itself, and with negligible rust staining from staple. The sale comprised 'Lady's and Gentleman's Single, Tandem, Roadster and Road Racer Safeties, Including Osmonds, Humbers, Simpsons, Acatenes, Royal Psychos, Popular Starleys, Premiers, Cameos, Raglans, Olympic, &c., &c.', sold on behalf of 'Mr. PERCY L. YOUNG'. Front wrap headed 'Priced Catalogue' in manuscript 'CONDITIONS OF SALE' on verso of front wrap.

Autograph Signature on fragment of letter.

Author: 
Sir John Foster Fraser
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£15.00

Special parliamentary correspondent, traveller and lecturer (1868-1936; DNB). Dimensions: 2 inches by 4½ inches. In good condition and attached to a sheet of paper docketed: 'Sir John Foster Fraser, Kt., F.R.G.S., F.J.I. | Great Journalist, Traveller, Lecturer. | (Cycled round the world. 19,234 miles in 774 days)'. Signed 'John Foster Fraser' beneath '<...> you. Salaams | Thine gratefully'.

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