Motoring West volume 1 automobile pioneers, 1900-1909 edited by Peter J. Blodgett. Norman, Oklahoma: The Arthur H. Clark Company An imprint of the University of Oklahoma Press, 2015. 23.3x15.3 cm, pp. [1-6] 7-9  11-17  19-360, 11 illustrations, 1 map, original gray cloth, front and spine panels stamped in silver. First edition. In "Automobiling in the West" (Scientific American Supplement, No. 1335 (August 3, 1901) Charles B. Shanks tells of encountering and mastering "rock roads and deep snow in the high Sierras" in May in the Donner Lake region. Motor vehicles were not permitted in the California national parks during this period, although there were several highly publicized instances of early automobile travel to Yosemite Valley and Glacier Point. Blodgett's "Series Introduction," pp. 19-57, covers the development of better roads, good road clubs, and automobile tourist maps. "Peter Blodgett's Motoring West, covering the period 1900 to 1909, includes accounts of automotive travel in the trans-Mississippi West by such able and eloquent guides as Hamlin Garland and William Dix. But the most effective guide of all is Blodgett, whose superb introduction to the volume -- and to each carefully made selection -- is a valuable roadmap through the existing scholarship on American automotive tourism in the first half of the twentieth century" (David M. Wrobel). To date (July 2020) no further volumes in this series have been published. A fine copy in fine dust jacket. (#166284).
First printing has code "1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10" on copyright page.