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THE PEDESTRIAN HOBBY-HORSE

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THE PEDESTRIAN HOBBY-HORSE
WRITTEN BY ROGER STREET

The book is signed by Roger Street

The detailed story of the forerunner of the pedal bicycle in Britain has not previously been told. The present work aims to rectify this omission. It relates the colourful story of the archetypal two-wheeler, the wooden “hobby-horse” velocipede propelled by pushing the feet on the ground, with particular reference to its developement by the London coachmaker Denis Johnson in the early part of 1819. The pedestrian hobby-horse craze was centered on the metropolis and was largely led by the fashionable young men of the day known as “dandies”. But the machine also found its way into many other parts of Britain.

CONTENTS :
1. The quest for the mediëval Hobby-Horse
2. Karl von Drais and his Running Machine
3, Denis Johnson and his Pedestrian Curricle
4. The Hobby-Horse on the road
5. A Pedestrian Carriage for Dandies, nobility and royalty
6. Vélocipèdes for Ladies
7. The English Hobby-Horse prints
8. An explosion of invention
Appendix 1 : Denis Johnson’s patent specification
Appendix 2 : Surviving early Hobby-Horses in the U.K. and elsewhere
Appendix 3 : The Hobby-Horse prints
Appendix 4 : Will of Denis Johnson

The book is used, but it is in as new condition, hard cover, 195 pages, English text.

ISBN : 0-9532722-0-6

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