The Making of Asbestos-Cement Roofings.No Place, Asbestos Cement Building Products Ltd., [c. 1930] Stock Code: 140698
NotesRare first edition, first impression, of one of Robinson's commercial work, this one on asbestos, from its extraction to its transformation into roofing tiles, featuring some of the gadgets and contraptions for which he was to become famous. "Mr. W. Heath Robinson, the well-known artist, recently visited the works at Trafford Park, Manchester, and in the following pages he has portrayed the various processes of manufacture in his own inimitable way" (Introduction). As noted by Beare, "the directors were clearly delighted with Heath Robinson's drawings and made use for them in various ways". Also famous for his book illustrations, "these projects were often financially supported by his commercial work, which he began early in his career when a publishing deal fell through" (Williams).
No other copies were found listed in institutions, at auction, or on the market.
Small folio, pp. . Original light blue stiff card wrappers, bound with a grey ribbon, titles in black and blue to front cover, fore-edges untrimmed.
6 full-page monochrome illustrations by W. Heath Robinson.
Slight rubbing and bumping to extremities, light dust-soiling, occasional faint foxing, else unmarked and firm; a very good copy indeed.
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