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Bulfin, William (Che Buone), (1862-1910).  Rambles in Eirinn.  Dublin: M. H. Gill and Son,

Ltd., 1907.  {523527}

The experiences of an Irish nationalist who returned from Buenos Aires for seven months

to ride an Irish built Pierce three thousand miles around Ireland.  He toured from the

early summer through November and then again the next spring.  He thoroughly enjoyed

travel by wheel; after one day's ride “the cyclometer registered seventy miles, and I

would not sell the tamest of them for a free pass on a railway.”(233)


Rutter, Frank (Illustrations by Hanslip Fletcher).  The path to Paris.  London: John Lane, The

Bodley Head, 1908.

A cartoonist for Punch, Rutter and Fletcher chose to follow the Seine to Paris.  Little

mention of the bicycle, this is very much in the early twentieth century style of romantic



Allen, J. W. (1865-1944).  Wheel magic, or revolutions of an impressionist. London: John Lane,

1909. {12650705}

In this collection of thirteen essays, Allen explores the beauties of cycling and the

countryside.  He lived in London but prefers rural, unspoiled England.

Mursell, Walter Arnold.  Two on a tour.  Paisley, Scotland: A. Gardner, 1909.  {4840406}


Wells, H. G. (1866-1946)  The history of Mr. Polly.  New York: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1910. {307056}

For a third time Wells includes the bicycle in one his novels poking fun at English

society.  This time, Alfred Polly, a distraught bankrupt gentleman’s outfitter, decides to

end it all, but instead becomes a hero.


Melland, Frank H. (1879-1939) and Edward H. Cholmeley.  Through the heart of Africa.  New

York: Houghton Mifflin, 1912.  {3668176}

Returning to England in 1910, Melland and Cholmeley decided to use bicycles as they

traveled from Northern Rhodesia to German East Africa.  They rode sporadically and

casually, with the bicycles playing only a minor role in their travel.


Wray, W[illiam] Fitzwater (1867-1938).  Across France in wartime.  London: J. M. Dent,

(1916).  {3298712}

On a Raleigh three speed he rode from St. Malo to the front at Vitry-le-Francois.  There

he turned west and rode to Clermont, headquarters of the French Army, where he

learned cycling was forbidden in a war zone.  Despite his protestations about having

already cycled to the front, he had to take a train to Paris and then LeHarve.  Stopped

frequently along the way by French soldiers, he provides first-hand information of the


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