OK, having a look at actual Handbooks now, rather than relying on spread-sheets and photos:-
First up, see attached scan of 1938-9 labelled original, which as before is identical to 1938 apart from new 1938-9 label simply stuck over existing 1938 label, with a similar 1"x1/2" 1938-9 errata stuck over printed 1938 in the lower-middle of face-page, or unnumbered p (i) …… (These three original 1938, 1938-9 and 1940 SS Jaguar Instruction Books all have the same 6" x 9-3/4" black-card cover, and are ‘perfect bound’…
There was a factory post-war edition dated irc as being 1.10.48, but more obviously having revised artwork label on front cover with JAGUAR replacing the SS-Wings badge, and now showing 1938-9-40 multiple dateing. I do have a mint example, but cant immediately locate to scan.
Over the years there have been a number of non-factory aftermarket REPRODUCTIONS made of varying quality and accuracy, of which I have three (so possibly more) ……………
- As mentioned and described by Denis, the first effort I am aware of was that done by the CJA in 1962, as identified at bottom-right of page (ii).
Good enough effort in its day, a copy of the factory post-war 1.10.48 issue, but only ii + 62 pages, compared with the originals ii + 86p (deleting all the Guarantee, list of Dealers and Wiring Diagram). This reproduction is much smaller at 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" staple-bound booklet, and the front label and internal pages are merely photocopy quality. The cover is a better textured black card. See scan below ….
Next I have, is a grey-card covered stapled booklet still same undersize 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", with embossed into the rear cover 700-6806C Printed in U.S.A. 7-86
Internally, it has the same photo-copied pages as the 1962 CJA example, clearly with identical stains and marks shown (notably p.31), and still only the same abbreviated ii + 62 pages. (I have to guess this is a 1986 reprint probably still done by CJA, if not identified as such on p (ii))
The next one I have is a much more serious and far better quality reproduction of the 1.10.48 factory original. Still a stapled book of (ii) + 62 pages, but now 6" x 9" with front label now printed, and internal pages now properly printed on shiny/better quality paper, and seemingly based on a much better original, without any staining/marking reproduced, as with the CJA photocopied reproductions. The black card cover is also a better match……………… There is no identifications anywhere as to source/printer apart from I note that I purchased this example new out of USA in Oct 1999. See scan below …………
Now getting back to Rob’s initial advise - his first page is ‘Driving Hints’
This is page 9, so is missing p (i) - (ii) and p.1-8
Rob’s last page he says has ‘Performance Data and Brakes on 2-1/2 litre and ‘100’ Model’
Strange - this actually describes p.7 of the original and reproduction handbooks, and not as expected with the first five sheets missing, p52 of the reproduction covering MILEAGE and MAINTENCE, or p62 of an original covering ACCESSORIES AND EQUIPMENT.
As before, all the original 1938, 1938-9 and 1940 editions are the same, all showing the same ‘Luvax vane type shock absorber’ on page 39, and the same ‘Spare Wheel Housing’ on page 51, as does all the reproductions albeit poor photo reproduction/definition.
I do note there was a loose sheet supplied/available detailing LUVAX PISTON TYPE HYDRAULIC SHOCK ABSORBERS. This is a 5-7/8" x 9" single sided sheet, presumably to be inserted as required in an original 6"x9-3/4" handbook. The only example I have, or have ever seen is actually stuck inside the rear cover of a 1938-9 1-1/2 LITRE SS Jaguar handbook, that is denoted inside as being supplied with 51285, purchased on Dec 2nd 1938 and registered CWX 731. p.38 of the 1938 and the 1938-9 1-1/2 litre handbooks show the LUVAX Vane type shock absorber, but the 1939 edition now shows a completely reprinted page showing the Piston Type as per the loose sheet insert. The 1940 edition of the 1-1/2 litre Handbook is significantly revised throughout, and does not show anything on the Shock Absorbers (that I can quickly see).
There was a much better effort made keeping the 1-1/2 litre Handbook up-to-date with successive 1938, 1938-9, 1939 and 1940 editions, than was the case of the unchanged content of the 1938, 1938-9, 1940 2-1/2 & 3-1/2 litre editions.