First edition hard back binding in publisher's original burgundy cloth covers with rounded corners, gilt title and author lettering to the spine and to the upper panel. 8vo. 8½" x 5½". Contains over 600 printed pages of text with colour maps, cord bookmark with opaque plastic tag with AA logo.
After the passing of the Motor Car Act in 1903, it was almost impossible to go anywhere in a motor car without receiving summonses for exceeding - sometimes by a mere fraction - the legal speed limit of twenty miles an hour. To meet the situation some motorists organized and maintained at their own expense a few cyclists on the London-Brighton road whose task it was to warn all passing motorists of "police traps." In August, 1905, the work was put on a permanent basis and the Automobile Association came into existence with exactly ninety subscribers.