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VERY HEATH ROBINSON Stories of His Absurdly Ingenious World

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VERY HEATH ROBINSON Stories of His Absurdly Ingenious World

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Highly Recommended. By Adam Hart-Davis. Art by Heath Robinson. A big, thick volume of delightful innovation by the prolific artist and humorist who loved to poke fun at the conventions of his day. From the lost world of the Edwardians through to the Thirties and Forties, he charted the rise of machines, from cars to dishwashers, and new ways of living in a series of wonderfully absurd illustrations. Heath Robinson revelled in complicated gadgetry, whimsicality and naughtiness. His charm and wit are universal, teasing a smile or even a full-blooded guffaw from all who encounter his gentle commentaries on human foibles. He even gave his name to a dictionary definition.

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A big, thick volume of delightful innovation by the prolific artist and humorist who loved to poke fun at the conventions of his day. From the lost world of the Edwardians through to the Thirties and Forties, he charted the rise of machines, from cars to dishwashers, and new ways of living in a series of wonderfully absurd illustrations. Heath Robinson revelled in complicated gadgetry, whimsicality and naughtiness. His charm and wit are universal, teasing a smile or even a full-blooded guffaw from all who encounter his gentle commentaries on human foibles. He even gave his name to a dictionary definition.

A fine oversized collection of his absurdist work. He captures a time past when mechanical innovations were coming fast and furious to the world, but he also could point out the absurdity of depending on so many complex machines. Like Rube Goldberg in the U.S., he delighted in creating absolutely workable but absolutely silly ways to get the job done, from swimming and fishing aids, to stoves and cigar lighters, to mouse traps and a method for eating green peas without dropping them!

Chapters include:

  • Ideas for Domestic Bliss
  • Keeping Up Appearances
  • Holidays and Pastimes
  • For the Insatiable Sport Lovers
  • Man and Machine
  • Cars, 'Planes and Flying Trains

Foreword by Philip Pullman, contributions by Jane Humphries. The Author Hart-Davis has written more than 30 books about science and history, and has ben a fan of Heath Robinson's drawings for 60 years.

So have I...well, for nearly 50 years, anyway. -Bud

 

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Item Code VERH
Publisher Sheldrake
Publish Date 2017
ISBN 9781873329481
Binding Hard Cover
Dimensions 11x11
# Pages 240pg
Color Partial Color
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