- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Gerald Duckworth & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0715636944
- ISBN-13: 978-0715636947
- Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 2 x 28.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Heath Robinson Contraptions Hardcover – 1 Jan 2007
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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
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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.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Anyone with a liking of the completely rediculous will love this book!
Very, very happy with purchase.
Seemed to fit the bill as a present knowing that the recipient was very interested in Heath Robinson. Lots of illustrations!Published on 18 Jan. 2014 by Mrs Kate Whitehead
Great read and I will show it to my mates. I sure will buy another by him with no worriesPublished on 2 Jan. 2014 by Mr. P. J. Simmons