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By Car to India.
London, Hutchinson, [1925]. 8vo. Original red cloth, spine lettered in black; pp. 232, 48, Hutchinson's catalogue for spring 1925, plates after photographs; light marking and fading to cloth, internally very good. Scarce first edition of this account of a daring motor journey from Leed to India, the first recorded car journey from Britain to India, in a completely overloaded 14 h.p. Wolseley, Colonial pattern. 'It was an ordinary standard model' (p. 9). 'The distance covered in 96 running days was 8,527 miles. So that the expedition could pay for itself, it was decided to make a travel fIlm, and also to contribute travel pieces to the press. Major Forbes-Leith took the wheel, choosing Allan Wroe to keep a diary, from which the newspaper articles were to be written, and Montagu Redknap to make the fIlm. Though the three started together from Leeds, Wroe fell sick in Teheran and the journey was completed by Major Forbes-Leith and Redknap' (Brij Bhushan Sharma, Montagu Redknap: Photographer of the First England - India Car Trip, in: History of Photography vol. III, 1989, issue 3.
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