|Stanje:||Polovan sa vidljivim znacima korišćenja|
|Plaćanje:||Tekući račun (pre slanja)
PostNet (pre slanja)
Godina izdanja: 1900 - 1949.
Kulturno dobro: Predmet koji prodajem nije kulturno dobro ili ovlašćena institucija odbija pravo preče kupovine
korica malo šarena, ostalo dobro,1927 god
CHARLES L. FREESTON legitimately appended F.R.G.S. to his name. Indeed, he was a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, founded in 1830 for the advancement of geographical sciences. In the early 1900s, Freeston researched and wrote a series of travel books, among them Cycling in the Alps, 1900; Guide to Switzerland, 1901; The High-Roads of the Alps, 1910; and Passes of the Pyrenees, 1912.
The War to End All Wars, aka World War I, precluded continental adventuring for a bit. But Freeston resumed in 1921 and, by 1927, he had assembled enough detailed itineraries to compose France for the Motorist.
Freeston’s touring was with his 1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50. This model (because of one specific example) acquired the moniker Silver Ghost and became legendary for its durability and refinement. Among the 16 half-tone plates in the book are several showing this car.
Brittany is one of the book’s six Route Maps, the others being Northern and Southern Alps, Eastern and Western Pyrenees and Provence. Within each region, Freeston also suggests itineraries detailed with town-to-town route numbers, intermediate distances and progressive totals. The village of La Roche-Bernard is on Itinerary no. 19, Route N.165, 12.2 miles on the way from Nantes to Vannes.
Southern Alps. Mende to Millau via The Tarn.
In southern France, not far from the Spanish border, lies Freeston’s Itinerary No. 124, Mende to Millau via The Tarn. He suggests, “… those who carry a chauffeur may elect to send him on with the car between La Malène and Le Rozier and view the Gorge from the river itself.”
Though Freeston chose to drive his Rolls-Royce, he was also known to bring along his mechanic Waldron. Hence, it’s possible he relinquished the wheel for 5.6 miles so he could boat his way down the Tarn.
An itinerary familiar to auto enthusiasts, No. 36, is in Touraine and the Loire Valley: Tours to Le Mans. Freeston cites Le Mans as “a fine old town from which many roads radiate and which was famous a few years ago as the chief point in the circuit of one of the Grand Prix races.”
Indeed, the first 24 hours of Le Mans was run in 1923. Just south of Le Mans, at 9.6 miles of his itinerary, Freeston encountered the village of Mulsanne. Today, this is on Route D338, the Ligne Droite des Hunaudières, i.e., the Mulsanne Straight.
An adventure of mine coincided with Freeston’s Itinerary No. 135, Poitiers to Saumur. He notes, “It is not altogether an easy matter to find one’s way out of Poitiers, even with a Michelin town plan, for the latter marks a tram route along the Boulevard de Grand Cerf although the rails have been uprooted.