Lot 34: ROBINSON, W. Heath: Bill the Minder (1912)
August 28, 2016
Adelaide, AustraliaLive Auction
ROBINSON, W. Heath: Bill the Minder. Written and illustrated by W. Heath Robinson.
London, Constable, 1912. Quarto (295 x 245 mm), xvi, 256 pages with over 110 wood-cut illustrations (many full-page) plus 16 tipped-in colour plates with captioned tissue-guards. Gilt-pictorial parchment with yellow ribbon ties attached to the leading edges of the boards; top edge gilt, others uncut; parchment a little rubbed at the extremities and lightly marked, with the rear cover a little scuffed and scored; short split (30 mm) deep in the outside front gutter (but very stable); flyleaves offset and foxed, with occasional light foxing elsewhere; uncut leading edges are a little dusty or tanned, with a few tiny tears or chips; a few mild signs of use and age; a very good copy, and rarely found in the original binding (because of the fundamental inadequacy of the material used for the job).
Number 335 of 380 copies signed by W. Heath Robinson.