“Velocipedomania” is “engaging and informative”

Velocipedomania: A Cultural History of the Velocipede in France

by Corry Cropper and Seth Whidden

“In this engaging and informative book, Corry Cropper and Seth Whidden explore how, in late 1860s France, the forerunner of the bicycle came to be seen as a marker of modernity, freedom and even of national identity . . . A large number of contemporary cartoons and illustrations add to the rich source material—and to the reader’s enjoyment.”

French History, Fall 2023