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The Canonbie Cycling Club chronicle. Vol. 3, no. 13 / editor Arthur C. Armstrong.

Canonbie, Scotland, 1900.
Physical Description:
1 v. ([3], 250-406 p.) : ill. ; 27 cm.
Rare Books and Manuscripts
GV1047.C36 A76 1900+ Oversize
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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View catalog record for additional issues of the periodical at the Modern Records Centre
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Arthur C. Armstrong, editor of the present manuscript, was the author of several early 20th-century works about bicycle touring. With Harry R.G. Inglis, he wrote Short spins round London, south of the Thames (1903) and Cycling road book and guide to the environs of London (1912). He was also a co-editor of Cycling, a weekly magazine printed by Dangerfield Printing Company, a history of which is provided in Armstrong's Bouverie Street to Bowling Green Lane: fifty-five years of specialized publishing (1946).
Title from cover.
Selected exhibitions: "Recent Acquisitions and Gifts" (Yale Center for British Art, May 19-August 15 2005).
Bound in quarter red cloth.
Manuscript periodical, written in multiple hands, documenting the activity of the Canonbie Cycling Club. The present manuscript consists of v. 3, no. 13 (September, 1900) only. According to notes in the manuscript, the chronicle was produced (in a single copy) four times per year. Seven additional issues, from March 1899 to March 1901, are present in the collections of the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick (1043/27/1-7; see link herewith). The work is edited by Arthur C. Armstrong, who also provides a number of the articles and head-piece illustrations. The manuscript is also illustrated by full-page watercolors by an anonymous artist, small clipped images from contemporary printed works, manuscript maps, and original photographs by A.E. Ritchie (a member of the club).
Articles in the chronicle offer largely tongue-in-cheek accounts of the adventures of the Canonbie Cycling Club, written in the humorous style of Jerome K. Jerome (whose Three men in a boat was first published in 1889). Articles include "Wheeling to Windsor," "Among the lakes and the lowlands," "Club run to Farningham," "Ightham to Portobello," "Club run to Westerham," "The August bank-holiday fiasco" (an account of a particularly wet and muddy cycling tour through Kent written by "The one who stayed behind"), "Free wheels at Chislehurst. The Catford Club's contest," and chapters XI- XVI of "A cycling tour in Belgium." The tour in Belgium is most thoroughly illustrated, with 19 original photographs of local towns and landscapes.
The look, format, and content of The Canonbie Cycling Club chronicle appear to be strongly influenced by the Cyclists' Touring Club Gazette, the contemporary publication of a large London-based cycling enthusiast's society.
Subject Terms:
Anecdotes -- Periodicals.
Armstrong, Arthur C.
Belgium -- Description and travel.
Bicycle touring -- Belgium.
Bicycle touring -- Great Britain.
Bicycles and bicycling -- Great Britain.
Bicycles and bicycling -- Humor.
Canonbie (Scotland : Parish)
Great Britain -- Description and travel.
Lake District (England) -- Description and travel.
Ritchie, A. E.
Wit and humor -- Great Britain.
Wit and humor -- Periodicals.
Manuscript magazines.
Ink drawings.
Armstrong, Arthur C.
Ritchie, A. E., photographer.

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