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 Eighties was once a thrilling time for biking pioneers like Elizabeth and her husband Joseph. As boneshakers and high-wheelers advanced 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 trip memoirs of “those Pennells” were—and nonetheless are—highly exciting. They helped bring in the recent age of relaxation traveling, whereas playfully hearkening again to recognized literary trips. during this new version, Dave Buchanan offers wealthy cultural contexts surrounding the Pennells’ first adventures. those lengthy out-of-print trip memoirs will satisfaction avid cyclists in addition to students of commute literature, biking background, women’s writing, Victorian literature, and illustration.

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