1896. Item #16323
Smith, Geo. Concise History of English Carriages, (From Reliable Authorities) Past and Present. Tunbridge Wells: "Courier" Printing Co. 1896. 100p, 49 line ills. (1 folding) + photogaphic portrait of the author. Very good hardcover (gilt-stamped red leather, some staining). Nice presentation copy: "Special Copy. Presented to Sir David Salomons by Messrs. George Smith May 11th 1896." With armorial Salomons bookplate, also bookplate of Fairfield G. Coogan, York, Maine. ** Smith was a Tunbridge Wells carriage maker. Following the carriage history, a closing chapter tells us that Salomons was an avid promoter of motorcars (he was president of the Self-Propelled Traffic Association, as well as mayor of Tunbridge Wells). In 1895 he organized a display of motorcars, reportedly the first ever held in England. Unusual. [Attingham].