The Book of the BSA was published as part of the Pitman's Motor-Cyclists' Library in 1961 and is a fifteenth edition manual. It is described as "A practical guide to the handling and maintenance of all 1945 to 1959 4 stroke singles (Groups B, C and M) except C10L, C11G, C12, C15 and "Gold Star" Models. BSA Twins and Two-stroke BSA Bantams are dealt with in separate books."
The contents include:
- Handling a BSA
- All About Carburation
- Care of Lighting System
- BSA Lubrication
- General Maintenance
The Preface states: The purpose of this handbook is to provide in a concise, readable form all essential information necessar to enable you to obtain the maximum mileage, maxximum efficiency, minimum fuel consumption, and lowest running costs from your BSA. ... The present edition of The Book of the BSA deals comprehensively with the maintenance and overhaul of the following BSA four-stroke singles:
- The 1945-53 249cc SV Model C10
- The 1945-53 249cc OHV Model C11
- The 1950-3 249cc OHV Model C11 de luxe
- The 1945-56 496cc SV Model M20
- The 1945-58 591cc SV Model M21
- The 1945-59 348cc OHV Models B31, B32
- The 1949-59 499cc OHV Models B33, B34
- The 1949-57 499cc OHV Model M33.
The book measures 4.75 x 6.75 inches and contains 147 pages with black and white photographs, illustrations, diagrams, data and text. It has a card cover and its dust jacket. The dust jacket is torn. It is in good condition. Please look at the photographs for details.