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The Automobilist Abroad   By: (1871-)

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Author of "Rambles in Normandy," "Rambles in Brittany," "Rambles on the Riviera," "The Cathedrals of Northern France," "The Cathedrals of Southern France," "The Cathedrals and Churches of the Rhine," etc.

With many illustrations from photographs, decorations, maps and plans by Blanche McManus

L.C. Page & Company Boston MDCCCCVII


The general plan of this book is not original. It tells of some experiences not altogether new, and contains observations and facts that have been noted by other writers; but the author hopes that, from the viewpoint of an automobilist at least, its novelty will serve as a recommendation. As a pastime automobile touring is still new and is not yet accomplished without some considerable annoyance and friction. The conventional guides are of little assistance; and the more descriptive works on travel fail too often to note the continually changing conditions which affect the tourist alike by road and rail.

[Illustration: Hotel Bellevue les Andelys]


Part 1 General Information The Grand Tour Chapter 1 An Appreciation Of The Automobile Chapter 2 Travel Talk Chapter 3 Roads And Routes Chapter 4 Hotels And Things Chapter 5 The Grand Tour

Part 2 Touring In France Chapter 1 Down Through Tourane: Paris To Bourdeaux Chapter 2 A Little Tour In The Pyrenees Chapter 3 In Languedoc And Old Provence Chapter 4 By Rhône And Saône Chapter 5 By Seine And Oise A Cruise In A Canot Automobile Chapter 6 The Road To The North

Part 3 On Britain's Roads Chapter 1 The Bath Road Chapter 2 The South Coast Chapter 3 Land's End To John O'Groats

Part 4 In Belgium, Holland, And Germany Chapter 1 On The Road To Flanders Chapter 2 By Dykes And Windmills Chapter 3 On The Road By The Rhine

Appendices Index

Part I General Information The Grand Tour

Chapter I An Appreciation of the Automobile

[Illustration: An Appreciation of the Automobile]

We have progressed appreciably beyond the days of the old horseless carriage, which, it will be remembered, retained even the dashboard.

To day the modern automobile somewhat resembles, in its outlines, across between a decapod locomotive and a steam fire engine, or at least something concerning the artistic appearance of which the layman has very grave doubts.

The control of a restive horse, a cranky boat, or even a trolley car on rails is difficult enough for the inexperienced, and there are many who would quail before making the attempt; but to the novice in charge of an automobile, some serious damage is likely enough to occur within an incredibly short space of time, particularly if he does not take into account the tremendous force and power which he controls merely by the moving of a tiny lever, or by the depressing of a pedal.

Any one interested in automobiles should know something of the literature of the subject, which, during the last decade, has already become formidable.

In English the literature of the automobile begins with Mr. Worby Beaumont's Cantor Lectures (1895), and the pamphlet by Mr. R. Jenkins on "Power Locomotion on the Highways," published in 1896.

In the library of the Patent Office in London the literature of motor road vehicles already fills many shelves. The catalogue is interesting as showing the early hopes that inventors had in connection with steam as a motive power for light road vehicles, and will be of value to all who are interested in the history of the movement or the progress made in motor car design.

In France the Bibliothèque of the Touring Club de France contains a hundred entries under the caption "Automobiles," besides complete files of eleven leading journals devoted to that industry. With these two sources of information at hand, and aided by the records of the Automobile Club de France and the Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland, the present day historian of the automobile will find the subject well within his grasp... Continue reading book >>

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