New York: Brentano's, 1902. Robinson, W. Heath. First Edition. Hardcover. First US edition, first printing, octavo size, 135 pp. Near fine. Item #CNJWEM010
William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) was an exemplary book illustrator and cartoonist, "the only British illustrator to become a 'household name'" (Houfe), a contemporary of acclaimed illustrators Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, best known for his cartoons portraying elaborate and whimsical machinary made to complete simple tasks. In fact, his fame was such that the term "Heath Robinson" was used in the United Kingdom to refer to such machinary, much as the term "Rube Goldberg" was used in the United States.
"The Adventures of Uncle Lubin" is a fantastical tale of daring and danger, and is an early example of depictions of the complex machinary for which Robinson would become known; the book is replete with illustrations, often full-page, that bring the story and characters vividly to life.
___DESCRIPTION: Full teal blue cloth, with debossed illustrations in red, grey, and white on the front and rear boards and spine, white and blue lettering on the front board, blue lettering on the spine, light grey endpapers with line drawings in burgundy, frontispiece a tissue-guarded colour illustration by W. Heath Robinson, title page in red and black with line drawing and ruled border, red historiated initial capitals throughout, line drawings and full-page black-and-white drawings by Robinson throughout; octavo size (8" by 6.25"), pagination: [i-xiv]  2-114 [115-119].
___CONDITION: Near fine, with clean boards, the colours on the front board strong and bright with perhaps a small spot or two of light rubbing, the colours also strong and deep on the spine; the head and tail of the spine, and the corners, absolutely without rubbing, the top front corner very slightly bumped, a strong, square text block, the interior is clean and bright, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the sole condition issue that prevents us grading as fine is restoration work by a professional (name available upon request) to the hinges, which are now strong and solid. A remarkable copy of the first US edition of this popular Robinson work, extremely difficult to find in this condition.
___CITATIONS: Horne pp. 373-374; Houfe p. 282; see Beare, pp. 115-116, for the UK edition, this US edition not listed.
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