I have just returned from a few days in Edmonton visiting my ailing dad. With more time to shake a stick at I found myself at one of those big box bookstores with a hope of finding a book on the Tour. I found it! A nice hardbound book on the history of the Tour de France! It stated that it is "fully illustrated, with rare removable documents and items of Tour De France memorabilia". Indeed, it is! It's about 64 pages and if it had more pages then it would be too heavy to bring back on board the plane! It is beautifully illustrated, rich with historical facts documenting the great race! There are facsimiles of postcards from Dali, 1959, the rules of the 1910 Tour, by Henri Desgrange, official 1953 Tdf map, and one of my favorites; Liqueur manufacturer Cointreau created masks of the most popular cyclists from the 1930's, Andre Leducq and Charles Pellisier!
A fascinating collection of memorabilia and ...a well written history of the Tour!