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Heath Robinson Contraptions Hardcover – 1 Jan 2007


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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715636944
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715636947
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 200,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Your absurd, beautiful drawings... give me a peculiar pleasure of the mind like nothing else in the world' --H.G. Wells, in a letter to Heath Robinson in 1914

The Sunday Times

'One of the 20th century's most prolific comic artists'

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Phiz on 29 Nov. 2007
This is a delightfully illustrated book that was printed to coincide with the Heath Robinson Exhibition that took place at The Cartoon Museum in London in 2007. (FINISHED IN OCTOBER)

It is NOT the official publication for that exhibition and the content differs in that there are fewer earlier works represented here, and not so many wartime sketches which are very funny indeed and worth tracking down, what with 'The Enemy' always being portrayed in traditional Prussian garb, pot-bellied and complete with comical spikey-helmet!

However this book, as the title suggests is probably the best (and only) readily available book on the subject of Heath Robinson contraptions and will delight and amuse all ages. it is a Hardback at about A4 size and has an attractive Dust-Jacket (seen in the Amazon Illustration). There is a small introduction with some biographical detail, and then from page 9 to 191 a continuous sequence of excellent illustrations at nearly full-page with some in full-colour, limited colour, or black and white (as most of them would have originally been seen. It is printed on good quality paper. If you don't find these pictures funny, you may need to see a doctor as they are all excellent, obsurd, hilarious (delete as applicable)

The only thing missing is perhaps a bit more information on the illustrations, and some more wartime cartoons, but this is a very minor quibble as the official exhibition catelogue more than fills these gaps.

Highly recommended.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Stephen Smith on 4 Feb. 2009
This was bought for my son the engineer as an xmas pressy but I have read it since and would recommend it for anyone wether a fan of the mans work or not. The illustrations are incredible and the background story to his life is highly readable, a good purchase and well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ed on 21 Sept. 2013
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Besides admiring the detail and the perfect clean line drawing of this great artist, one of the reason why Heath Robinson's contraptions are so amusing is that he shows them as if they were practical and economical and naive solutions to everyday problems.
Some dark ''British'' humor creeps here and there. Heath Robinson in ''British'' inside out in the way he never really lets you know what I thinks about while he is totally able to laugh at himself under his thick moustaches and spectacles.

However Heath Robinson, who came from a family of artists, should not be only remebered for his contramtions. He was an accomplished artist that produced exquisite drawings from Shakespeare's plays to Fairy Tales and in my opinion his was fundamental in the development of the "clear line" inking style made famous especially by Franco- Belgian comic artists from Hergè to Uderzo.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carriebeca on 12 Sept. 2014
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Lovely book, highly imaginative and great fun for finding bits you didn't see the last time you looked through it. Big surprises were the first page, cut practically in half,(probably to remove someone's name and address,)0 and two pages soiled by something that removed the top layer of both pictures when the pages were opened. I don't remember reading anything about this before buying it. Good price but a ruined book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Greeno on 31 Aug. 2013
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Heath Robinson observes the eccentricity of the period and is still very funny today, there are brilliant observations throughout the book.
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By melanie wing on 4 Jan. 2013
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My husband spotted this and immediately knew it would be perfect for my Dad for Christmas. He loved the illustrations which appealed to his contraption building nature.
It was a book bursting with images and a nice size to hold (bigger than an average hard back but with a lighter weight feel.
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By Amazon Customer on 2 Jan. 2015
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Excellent service no complaints.
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