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SA Auction #86 begins on 22 Oct 2020

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J. Wentworth Day

KAYE DON - THE MAN

Published: HUtchinson, London, 1934

Edition: 1st.

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The first edition of this rare and virtually unobtainable speed racing title. Foreword by Sir Malcolm Campbell. 8vo. 288pp. + 64pp. of adverts at the rear. In the original red cloth with black lettering on the spine. Small stain on front board and very light spotting of the top edge. Signature and date on the front pastedown. Otherwise a very good plus copy in a very good dustwrapper which has slight edge wear with a few small chips and edge tears. 

Kaye Ernest Donsky (10 April 1891 – 29 August 1981), better known by his nom de course Kaye Don, was an Irish world record breaking car and speedboat racer. He became a motorcycle dealer on his retirement from road racing and set up Ambassador Motorcycles. His reputation was somewhat marred by a speed racing accident in 1934 which resulted in the death of an MG employee. He was tried for manslaughter and served several months in prison. 

I have only been able to trace 1 copy of this book online - it was sold at a Bonham's auction in 2010 for a large sum. It does not seem to have been reprinted. 

  • Jacket Condition: Very Good
  • Binding Condition: Very Good Plus
  • Overall Condition: Very Good Plus
  • Size: 8vo.
  • Sold By: Ronald Levine - Modern First Editions
  • Contact Person: Ronald Levine
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: rlevine@icon.co.za
  • Telephone: 27 11 728-2044
  • Preferred Payment Methods: EFT for S.African customers and PayPal or Bank Transfer for overseas clients. I regret that I no longer accept Credit Cards..
  • Trade Associations: SABDA


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