Estimate: £6,000 - £8,000
Sold For: £7,500
A complete run of 22 hardbound quarto volumes of this monthly magazine, commencing with Volume 1 No.1, October 15th, 1896 and ending with Volume 15 no. 521, December 31st, 1910.
Originally entitled 'The Automotor & Horseless Vehicle Journal', the title was abbreviated to 'The Automotor Journal' from the April 1902 issue. The issues are bound without their covers, but with title pages and indices at the front. Volume 1, holding the issues from October 1896 to September 1897, is in the publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering to the spine (a little rubbed and marked), with a small Temple Press Library stamp on the front paste-down end-paper. It contains the seldom found first issue, Number 1 Volume 1, together with an Illustrated Souvenir Number (8 pages plus neatly but heavily repaired covers) between issues 1 and 2, being the Programme of the First Legal Run of the New Automotor Carriages in England. Volumes 1 to 5 are in single volumes, Volumes 6 & 7 are bound in one volume, and the remainder as two volumes to each year. Many of the volumes are in the original bindings of the publisher, F. King & Co. Ltd., using yellow cloth with black lettering to the front covers and spines. The following are in a modern cloth binding (light brown cloth with black lettering) in a style matching that of the publisher's bindings: Volumes 6/7, 8 (two volumes), 12 (July to December), 13 (January to June), 14 (January to June), and 15 (two volumes). Apart from some page browning through age, a photocopied title page and index to Volume 6, cracked hinges to the front and back of Volume 11 (July to December) and soiling to the period bindings, the actual content of the volumes appears to be sound and in good condition. Well-illustrated with monochrome photographs, text figures, detailed line drawings, and event listings and reports, this collection amounts to a valuable period archive