New York: Dodd, Mead and Company [printed by Jarrold and Sons, Ltd., Norwich], 1923. Robinson, W. Heath. First Edition. Hardcover. Quarto size, 60 pp., in original dust jacket. Very good + / very good. Item #18041711
W. Heath Robinson (1872-1944) was an English cartoonist and illustrator; his work is characterised by the elaborate and absurd mechanisations he invents to complicate simple matters - in this case, golf. This book can be enjoyed in equal measure by those who play and those who don't, and is made up of satirical golf cartoons that often include a strange invention meant to aid the golfer, but instead cause the golfer to look quite foolish. Some examples include "Improved Golf Clubs", the "Water-Proof Mashie for Keeping the Clothes Dry on Damp Courses", the "Feather-Headed Niblick for Ticklish Work," or "Pogo Golf for 18-Hole Courses". A "Heath Robinson contraption" became a popular term after the First World War in the UK, referring to an absurd tool or invention built using whatever was at hand at the time.
___DESCRIPTION: Paper covered boards with original six-colour pictorial illustration to the front, black lettering on the spine, small vignette of a golfer on the half-title page (peering at what appears to be the nether regions of a roast chicken in the hole awaiting play), another small vignette of a golfer on the verso, yet another on the title page (of a caddy pulling a golfer seated on a wheeled golf bag), another small vignette on the copyright page, two more on the contents pages, illustrated throughout in black and white, often with shading, offering full-page plates and cartoon strips with captions; quarto size (11" by 8.5"), pagination: [i-iv] v-x, 1-50, first edition. With the original dust jacket, clipped on all four corners (by the publisher?), three-colour pictorial illustration to the front, black lettering to the spine, summary of the book on the front flap, back flap and back panel both blank.
___CONDITION: Volume a bit better than very good; the binding is clean, the unrubbed corners gently bumped, the text block is mostly strong with solid hinges, the text pages are clean and bright, and the volume is free of prior owner markings; a bit of stress at one gutter, the edges of the boards have minimal wear and age-toning, head and tail of the spine slightly rubbed, the corners of the front board have been professionally repaired and are now good as new. The dust jacket is clipped on all four corners, condition somewhat better than good, with the colour on the front panel still quite bright; a bit soiled overall, overall minor chipping and edgewear, most prominent at backstrip with small loss to the head and tail; overall a very good, sound copy.
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