by T. R. Nicholson. 143 pp. 10 in. x 7-1/2, in.
(J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd., Aldine House, Bedford Street, London, WC2E. 60s.)
The growing number of motor museums about the world calls for a guide to them and this book provides it, in an expensive, illustrated form. Nicholson wrote an earlier museum book, “Automobile Treasures”, but it is now out of print and in any case covered only European establishments.
This new work is much more ambitious and has attracted a Foreword by Lord Montagu of Beaulieu. It lists cars likely to be found in three Argentinian, seven Australian, three Austrian, a Belgian, a Brazilian, six Canadian, two Czechoslovakian, five Danish, 18 French, 11 German, 21 British, a Dutch, two Hungarian, two Italian, a Japanese, three New Zealand, a Norwegian, a Portuguese, an Irish, a Russian, three Spanish, nine Swedish, four Swiss and 66 American motor museums—I say “likely to be found” because exhibits are sometimes changed and the author has had to rely in many cases on lists compiled by distant museum curators.
The book appears to be pretty comprehensive and its 131 monochrome and eight colour illustrations are attractive. An unexpected feature is a brief account of how the Daimler-Benz Museum, the Turin Museum and the Harrah Collection restore cars in their care.—W. B.