PUBLISHING DATE 23rd OCTOBER
A completely new edition of this autobiography originally pubished in 1938
William Heath Robinson (31 May 1872 – 13 September 1944) cartoonist illustrator and artist, best known for drawings of whimsically elaborate machines to achieve simple objectives.
In the UK, the term "Heath Robinson contraption" gained dictionary recognition around 1912. It became part of popular language during the 1914–1918 First world War as a description of any unnecessarily complex and implausible contrivance and used in relation to temporary fixes using ingenuity and whatever is to hand, often string and tape, or unlikely cannibalisations.
One of the automatic analysis machines built for Bletchley Park during the Second World War to assist in the decryption of German message traffic was named 'Heath Robinson' in his honour. It was a direct predecessor to the Colossus the world's first programmable digital electronic computer.
Paperback 197 pp
16 Black & White plates and a vast number of B&W illustrations and line drawings.
Dimensions 25cms x 19cms x 2cms