Murphey, Claude C. Around the United States by Bicycle

Claude C. Murphey

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Murphey, Claude C. Around the United States by Bicycle

Detroit: Press of Raynor and Taylor, 1906. Hardback 12mo; apparent first edition (no other printings noted). 362pp. Dark green cloth with gilt titling to front board and spine; photographic frontispiece showing the author and his traveling companion with bicycles at the start of their journey; illustrated with five additional photographs and 28 pen-and-ink drawings by Eustace Paul Ziegler; no dust jacket. Condition: Very good. Extremities bumped and rubbed; spine cocked; head and tail of spine bumped and frayed; boards scuffed and dented; text block shaken, with several splits, but intact; staining to several pages, not affecting text; leaf with pp 15 and 16 coming loose and repaired with scotch tape; previous owner inscription to ffep: “Floyd B Murphy/ Cousin of the author—Claude C. Murphy”; page edges soiled and toned. $300

Exuberant account of a 1904 bicycle trip through every US state and territory of the time, made by Clarence M. Darling and Claude C. Murphey, aged 19 and 20 respectively. Chapters include “In Which We Get Held Up in Chicago”, “A Dash through a Forest Fire in Idaho”, “Across a Thousand Miles of Desert and Wilderness”, and “The Bitter, Bitter End to Our Dreams of Success”.

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