BICYCLES

[Original drawings for Punch cartoons; women] Four original ink drawings, later engraved and published Punch, on the subjects: women on bicycles, ice skating, women in the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, punting.

Author: 
'F. C.' [original drawings for cartoons in Punch, or the London Charivari]
Publication details: 
The cartoons were published in Punch (London): 26 August 1865; 18 May and 2 June 1866; 18 May 1869.
£250.00

Four charming and amusing cartoons from Punch's golden age. All four are executed in a similar style, but the identity of the cartoonist or cartoonists is unknown. (The first of the two cartoons in Item Two below, as published by Punch, has the monogram signature 'F C' engraved in the bottom right-hand corner. No Punch cartoonist with these initials is apparent.) ONE: Captioned: 'Another Brilliant Idea, Only Brillianter!' 21 x 13.5cm. In good condition, on leaf of browned high-acidity paper torn from a notebook. Two men idle in a punt while two women hold up sheets.

Issue of 'The Commercial Travelers' Home Magazine' including original illustrated articles on 'The King of Museum Builders' Prof. Henry Augustus Ward, the German-American trick-cyclist N. E. Kaufmann, and the 'Leviathans of the Deep' [steam ships].

Author: 
William Mill Butler, editor [with contributions by William T. Hornaday; J. Macdonald Oxley; Helen Chauncey; Harry Kenmore; Horatio Bliss, Stephen Crane; Alan Merriman]
Publication details: 
The Commercial Travelers' Home Association of America, Binghamton, New York. Vol. VI, No. II. February 1896.
£250.00

8vo, paginated 147-261, with frontispiece, and preceded by 16 and followed by 11 pages of advertisements. In original pink wraps, printed in black and red. In fair condition, on lightly-aged paper, in worn and chipped wraps. The article on the naturalist Professor Henry Augustus Ward (1834-1906), by William T. Hornaday, is titled 'The King of Museum-Builders' (pp.147-159, with frontispiece); that on Nicholas Edward ('Nick') Kaufmann (1861-1943) is by Harry Kenmore, and titled 'The Champion Trick-Rider' (pp.185-193); and that on 'The Leviathans of the Deep' (202-210) is by Alan Merriman.

Typewritten draft ('Provisional Specification') by George William Dennistoun Scott of his patent application for 'Improvements in or relative to variable speed reducing gears', with manuscript descriptions of the invention, initialed by him.

Author: 
George William Dennistoun Scott, engineer and inventor [Patents Office; inventions;motor car bicycles; bicycling]
George William Dennistoun Scott, engineer and inventor
Publication details: 
Draft dated 26 May 1905. [London.]
£165.00
George William Dennistoun Scott, engineer and inventor

A native of Derby, Scott is a notable figure in the history of the development of the bicycle. In 1878, together with George Henry Phillott, he seems to have received the first practicable patent (No. 860 of 1878) for an epicyclic change-speed gear for cycles. All items clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The typewritten draft, in blue ink, with a few manuscript corrections, covers two folio pages.

[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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