I picked up this interesting 600 page book on T-bay, which summarizes the state of the art as of 1908 in motor vehicle design - internal combustion (both four and two-cycle), electric, and steam powered.
The odd thing about it is that it make absolutely no mention of Henry Ford or Ford cars or their features, none at all! It freely mentions other manufacturers, such as Apperson, White, Daimler, Franklin, Knox, and others.
Any idea why this might be so? Perhaps because of the ongoing litigation regarding the Selden patent and the refusal of the Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers (ALAM) to recognize Ford as a legitimate manufacturer?
I wonder what the intials A.M. at the end of the writers name mean? HMMMMM
I think it's his degree, as follows:
A.M., equivalent to the Master of Arts (M.A.), is Latin for “artium magister”
There is no "about the author" page in the book, and a quick Google search on his name didn't reveal much.
yes, very possible that the Selden patent law suit was the reason. The the courts litigated the issue 1903 to 1911. The Association of Licensed Automobile Manufacturers had control over the manufactures of automobiles.
You have to understand that the first copyright on the book was 1902 so much of the information and illustrations in it dates to 1902 and earlier. It is a not a rare book and it was revised many times. I have the 1911 edition which lists the following copyrights: 1902, 1904, 1906 and 1909.
You should be able to find the copyrights in your book - they are most likely on the page after the the title page that you posted above. That is where they are listed in my book.
In the 1911 edition, the Model T Ford ignition system discussed in the description of an illustration of the transmission. There is another illustration of the Ford double opposed cylinder engine with a short discussion related to the lubrication system.
It appears the author was a Harvard grad (1889), and in addition to writing books, an automotive article writer for Colliers.
I could find no relationship with the A.L.A.M, and in one article he does mention Ford in a November 1907 article (Motor Magazine) about lower priced vehicles:
Maybe authors and publishers steered clear of mentioning un licensed car makers as a rule to simply avoid the chance of being pulled into the court battle, or other retribution?
Good points. Also, the book is available online through Kindle and Google e-books (free) if anyone is interested.
It's also a free download in various formats on archive.org here: