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The Adventures of Uncle Lubin

Told and Illustrated by W. Heath Robinson

FIRST EDITION

1902 - London - Grant Richards

8" by 6" - 114pp


 

DETAILS

In original pictorial green cloth boards.

This is the first edition of this delightful work illustrated with colour frontispiece and many further black and white plates and illustrations throughout.

The binding is a little tired but this is nontheless a hightly collectable and valuable title. Uncle Lubin is Heath Robinson's first important work and is the hardest to find of all his works. It is famous for both being difficult to find and in generally poor condition. It's not too bad at all here, though the binding needs some expert strengthening, though, crucially, everything including the important illustrated endpapers are present and original.


William Heath Robinson (May 31, 1872 September 13, 1944) was an English cartoonist and illustrator, who signed himself W. Heath Robinson. He is best known for drawings of eccentric machines and "Heath Robinson" has entered the language as a description of any unnecessarily complex and implausible contraption.

Born into a family of artists in Islington, London, his early career was as a book illustrator, for example in Hans Christian Andersen's Danish Fairy Tales and Legends (1897); The Arabian Nights, (1899); Tales From Shakespeare (1902), and Twelfth Night (1908), Andersen's Fairy Tales (1913), A Midsummer Night's Dream (1914), Charles Kingsley's The Water Babies (1915), and Walter de la Mare's Peacock Pie (1916).

In the course of this however, he also wrote and illustrated two children's books, The Adventures of Uncle Lubin (1902), and Bill the Minder (1912); these are regarded as the start of his career in the depiction of unlikely machines. During the First World War he drew large numbers of cartoons, collected as Some "Frightful" War Pictures (1915), Hunlikely! (1916), and Flypapers (1919), depicting ever-more-unlikely secret weapons being used by the combatants.

CONDITION

The binding is loose throughout with many gatherings detaching from each other.  Both covers are attached although they, along with the spine, are holding to the text block very loosely by a couple of cords only.  There is some minor wear to the extremities including some rubbing to the edges and bumping to the corners and top and tail of the spine.   The cloth is little torn along the hinges.  Internally the book is generally clean and bright apart from some mild spots in places and some handling marks.  There is a copperplate signature to the front illustrated endpaper.

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