The Model T replacement parts catalogs have long listed the small reprint instruction manual that they claim is for all Model T years of 1909 to 1915. Every one I have seen is a reprint of the 1913 manual. Did all the 1909-15 manuals look like this with the same cover?
The reason I ask is that I recently acquired a Model T instruction manual that looks very different. The drawing inside the front cover is of a 1909-10 style Ford. Is this an original manual?
Bruce's encyclopedia shows 21 manuals. It has the contents, but not the covers.
In the Fred Lau Collection there is a fairly complete run of T manuals, with variations. Ford identified the printing dates on most. Here are a few early ones:
"Second Edition" November, 1911:
Listed as "Third Edition" March, 1912:
And a few more from the Lau Collection:
"Fourth Edition" June, 1912:
(Note the stripes inside the "T" and border, which are missing from the later reprints)
And finally, just dated "1914":
All of these manuals (and many more) will be offered at the Lau Garage Sale in Portland, October 24-25. Info. at: www.LauGarageSale.com
Rick - Here is the cover of the 1911 book. This is a pristine original in the Lau Collection. I believe this is the first 1911 edition. As you can see it is dated prominently on the cover (front and back are printed the same) and it is larger (7-1/2" x 5") which looks more like the one in your second photo.
Here are the first two inside pages (following the title page) that sounds the same as you describe:
More grist for the mill...
The first instruction book pictured, was reprinted by Ford in the early '60s. The correct one is posted further on down. Lets not get the instruction books confused with the FORD MANUAL which is a totally different booklet.