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©2011 A VICTORIAN CYCLIST, Rambling through Kent in 1886 by Stephen and Shirley Channing
Item# BookContemp-V570 [BookContemp-V570]
Categories: Books-Contemporary,
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©2011 A Victorian Cyclist-Rambling Through Kent in 1886 is a lovely 286 page hard cover book chronicling the bicycle/tricycle touring of an anonymous gentleman who cycled in and around Kent in the mid 1880s. The adventures of his nine different rides were published in the Keble`s Gazette at the time and are a part of cycling history. These romantic `cycle tours` took place at a time prior to pneumatic tires and when roads, paths and bridleways were of dirt which was not always easily navigated. The chronicles include a great deal about various inns and pubs, and the diverse flora and fauna (indigenous plant and wildlife) in the areas. The authors, Stephen and Shirley Channing, have researched the subject well and present a wonderfully written description of the nine Rambles. There are many pages of interesting illustrations (over 200 illustrations) and many pages are devoted to the subject of WOMEN IN CYCLING. This is a terrific book for anyone researching the history of cycling in the 1880s and/or readers interested in bicycle/tricycle touring in the 19th Century. The authors` research divulge that from 1881 to 1886 in Great Britain, more tricycles were built than bicycles, even though tricycles were more expensive. The dust cover jacket (the image shown here) is especially attractive. The dimensions are 6 3/8 x 9 1/2 inches. See the picture gallery. Additional scans pending. Available from most retail book sellers, from Amazon.com or directly from the publisher; www.ozaru.net.
An update received from the author in March-2012: At the moment I am adding a new item of interest on my website www.victoriancyclist.com every day or so, some of which may be of interest to you and other readers. These ‘articles’ are the result of many months of research while compiling my book and rather than leave them stored away – because they where not required for the book – I have decided to insert them onto my website for others to enjoy. Click on the author`s website to see these interesting additional items.

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Page-5, the first page of the LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS


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Pages-6 & 7 a continuation of the LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS


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Pages-8 & 9 a continuation of the LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS


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Pages 10 & 11, a continuation of the LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS


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Page 13, The INTRODUCTION


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Pages 14 & 15, a continuation of the INTRODUCTION


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Pages 80 & 81, four of the more than 200 lovely illustrations. Notice that the farmers driving the tractor are dressed in neckties and jackets. Such was the practice when I visited the farm belonging to the managing director of Falcon, Mr. A. Douglas Mayo, in Smethwick, England, during the early 1960's. I have photos of me on the tractor with Mr. Mayo's son-in-law; he too is wearing a necktie and jacket.


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Pages 88 & 89, four additional illustrations, two of which contain bicycles.


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Pages 106 & 107, three additional illustrations, one of which (Great Mongeham) shows an adult tricycle with a gent standing near it. Might it be the gent that did the tricycle tour in 1886? The ladies are all in Victorian attire.


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Pages 142 & 143, four more illustrations one of which is of Coventry Rotary Tricycle from 1880


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Pages 156 & 157, three additional illustrations.


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The outside back cover of the dust cover jacket with a map showing the seaside town of Margate from where each of the tours was started.

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