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LABRIC, Roger & Georges Hamel as "Géo Ham".

Les 24 heures du Mans.

Histoire d'une grande bataille pacifique et sportive.

Published: Le Mans: Automobile-Club de l'Ouest, 1949

Stock code: 96001

Price: £1,500

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Limited edition, number 74 of 1,100 copies on velin. Highly evocative history of the world’s oldest endurance race for sports cars, from its inception in 1923 until its suspension due to the outbreak of World War Two. Illustrated by the inimitable Géo Ham, one of the most influential illustrative artists working in the field, rightly famed for his thrilling images of ‘planes and cars, capturing the devil-may-care love of speed that characterised the era. Text is by Roger Labric, recognised as the doyen of French autosports journalists of the 30s, who himself competed at Le Mans, as driver and/or team manager, on half a dozen occasions, on three of these partnered by Pierre Veyron in a Bugatti. A veritable GT of a book.

Quarto (314 x 249 mm) Later twentieth-century dark blue cloth, green paper label to the spine, abstract in-lay design in green marbled paper to the front board, original card wraps bound in. 28 colour plates, one full-page map, over 60 full-colour illustrative head- and tailpieces. Binding clean, wraps a little browned and marked, text lightly browned, a very good copy.

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