“Velocipedomania” is “immensely enjoyable”

Velocipedomania: A Cultural History of the Velocipede in France
by Corry Cropper and Seth Whidden

“In this immensely enjoyable and highly original volume brimming with illustrations, helpful notes, short texts, and links to online musical recordings, Cropper and Whidden study responses to the development of this prototype vélo, thus bringing much-deserved attention to the optimistic Zeitgeist of a period now haunted by the specter of the Paris Commune.”
Nineteenth Century French Studies, Winter 2023