The World Awheel.
With Fac-similes of Water Color Paintings by ... Edited by Volney Streamer.
First and only edition. Extremely uncommon, just 8 copies listed on OCLC, all in North America, no copies traced at auction. Wonderful Gibson Girl-style illustrations on a cycling theme. The twelve images, originally published by the Frederick A. Stokes Company in their Cycling World Calendar, represent bicyclistes of different nationalities; “they are Frenchy in subject, but have much action and good colour, and are strongly drawn” (New York Times), two feature American subjects, both in New York locations, Riverside Drive and Central Park. The original artwork was offered for sale at the Keppel Gallery in 1898. The plates are accompanied by a selection of prose and poetry inspired by the cycling craze. An attractive and highly-presentable copy.
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Quarto. Original green half cloth and diaper-textured silver paper floral printed boards, title gilt to the spine, and to the upper board with gilt bicycle device and decorative silver ribbon and wheel devices, top edge gilt. 12 high-quality chromolithographic plates including the frontispiece, acknowledgements leaf loosely inserted. Somewhat rubbed and soiled, sensitively restored at the extremities, light browning throughout as usual, remains very good.