Pekin to Paris. An account of Prince Borghese’s Journey across Two Continents in a Motor-Car (1908)
London: E. Grant Richards
UK First edition
UK First edition. Translated from the original Italian by L.P. de Castelvecchio. Octavo, 645 pages. Liberally illustrated, folding colour map at rear. Blue cloth boards, gilt lettering to front and spine and an illustration in three colours of Prince’s Borghese’s car on the front. Top edge gilt. Previous owner’s name to the ffep, dated 1908. Complete with folding coloured map and 100 illustrations - mostly from photographs by Barzini. Luigi Barzini (1874-1947) was an Italian journalist and war correspondent who worked for the prestigious Corriere della Sera. He was sent to cover the Boxer Rebellion in 1900 and was adept at getting first hand information. He was embedded with the Japanese army during the Russo-Japanese War 1904-05 covering the fighting in Manchuria . In 1907 he accompanied Prince Scipione Borghese in the Peking to Paris motor race, winning it after two months in an Itala car travelling through regions of China , Mongolia and Siberia that had never seen a car before.