A London Electrobus Company publicity photo, taken close to Westminster Abbey in 1908.

There isn’t any other book about the electrobus swindle. If you want to delve further into the murky world of Edwardian finance some of the best starting places are the books by David Kynaston and George Robb, and the chapter-length articles by Dilwyn Porter and James Taylor.

Julian Symons’s biography of Horatio Bottomley, one of the more notable fraudsters of the era, is an entertaining read while there is masterly survey of the development of transport in Philip Bagwell’s book.

For sheer audacity the exposé of Bucket Shop Methods stands in a class on its own. For the corporate author, Securities Exchange, was a well-known bucket shop. The bibliography below is a fuller version of the one that appears in the book.

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Beavan, Arthur H, Tube, Train, Tram and Car; or Up-to-date Locomotion, Routledge, 1903.
Bose, Mihir and Cathy Gunn, Fraud, Unwin Hyman, 1989.
Brendon, Piers, The Motoring Century: The Story of the Royal Automobile Club, Bloomsbury, 1997.
Buchanan, Colin, Mixed Blessing, Leonard Hill, 1958.
Cummings, John, Railway Motor Buses and Bus Services, vol. 1, Oxford Publishing, 1978.
Day, John R, The Story of the London Bus, London Transport Executive, 1973.
Duguid, Charles, How to Read the Money Article, Effingham Wilson, 1901; seventh edition, Isaac Pitman and Sons, 1936.
Duncan, Herbert O, The World on Wheels, privately published, Paris, 1926.
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Estorick, Eric, Stafford Cripps, William Heinemann, 1949.
Felstead, Sidney Theodore and Lady Muir, Sir Richard Muir, John Lane, 1927.
Felstead, Sidney Theodore, Horatio Bottomley, John Murray, 1936.
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Hess, Alan, Wheels Round the World, Newman Neame, 1951.
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Hess, Henry, The Critic Black Book, British and Colonial Publications, 1901.
Hibbs, John, History of British Bus Services, David and Charles, 1989.
Hill, John Jr, The Gold Bricks of Speculation, Lincoln Book Concern, 1904.
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Huntford, Roland, Shackleton, Hodder and Stoughton, 1985.
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Joly, Laurent, “La délation antisémite sous l’Occupation”, Vingtième Siècle, Revue d’histoire, Octobre 2007.
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Kingsmill, Hugh (pen name of Hugh Kingsmill Lunn), Frank Harris, John Lehmann, 1949.
Kirsch, David A, The Electric Vehicle and the Burden of History, Rutgers University Press, 2000.
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Meredith, Hubert A, The Drama of Making Money, Sampson Low Marston, 1931.
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Nicholls, Ernest, Crime within the Square Mile, John Long, 1935.
Nicholson, Timothy R, Adventurer’s Road, Cassell, 1957.
Nicholson, Timothy R, The Trailblazers, Cassell, 1958.
Nicholson, Timothy R, Wild Roads, Jarrolds, 1969.
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Pearson, Hesketh, Labby, the Life of H Labouchere, Hamish Hamilton, 1945.
Plowden, William, The Motor Car and Politics in Britain, Penguin, 1973.
Porter, Dilwyn, ‘A Trusted Guide of the Investing Public’, in Speculators and Patriots, edited by R P T Davenport-Hines, Frank Cass, 1986.
Porter, Dilwyn, ‘Speciousness is the Bucketeer’s Watchword and Outrageous Effrontery his Capital’, in Cultures of Selling, edited by John Benson and Laura Ugolini, Ashgate, 2006.
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Pullar, Philippa, Frank Harris, Penguin, 2001.
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Rees Jeffreys, William, The King’s Highway, Batchworth, 1949.
Reid, Carlton, Roads Were Not Built for Cars, Front Page Creations, 2014.
Robb, George, White-Collar Crime in Modern England, Cambridge University Press, 1992.
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Sparrow, Gerald, The Great Swindlers, John Long, 1959.
Symons, Julian, Horatio Bottomley, House of Stratus, 2001.
Taylor, James, “Watchdogs or Apologists? Financial Journalism and company fraud in early Victorian Britain”, Historical Research, vol. 85, November 2012.
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Warren, Henry, The modern bucket shop, Everett, 1906.
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Worby Beaumont, William, Industrial Electric Vehicles, Griffin, 1920.

Other useful works include the Dictionary of Business Biography, the Directory of Directors, the Manual of Electrical Undertakings, the Statistical Abstract for London, the Stock Exchange Yearbook and the Truth Cautionary List, published annually as a supplement to Truth from 1908 to 1913.