By Elizabeth Robins Pennell,Joseph Pennell,Dave Buchanan

A peasant in peaked hat and blue blouse, with trousers rolled up excessive above his naked knees, crossed the line and silently tested the tricycle. “You have an exceptional horse,” he then acknowledged; “it eats nothing.” —from An Italian Pilgrimage

The Eighteen Eighties used to be a thrilling time for biking pioneers like Elizabeth and her husband Joseph. As boneshakers and high-wheelers developed into tandem tricycles and the security motorcycle, biking grew from child’s play and severe recreation right into a leisurely and, importantly, literary mode of transportation. The illustrated shuttle memoirs of “those Pennells” were—and nonetheless are—highly interesting. They helped herald the recent age of rest traveling, whereas playfully hearkening again to well-known literary trips. during this re-creation, Dave Buchanan presents wealthy cultural contexts surrounding the Pennells’ first adventures. those lengthy out-of-print go back and forth memoirs will satisfaction avid cyclists in addition to students of shuttle literature, biking historical past, women’s writing, Victorian literature, and illustration.

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