Hunlikely! - W. Heath Robinson 1916 - Duckworth & Co., London - First Edition A bright first edition of W. Heath Robinson’s World War I era anti-German cartoons, his fabulous drawings of unlikely machines, ever-more-unlikely secret weapons, and various comic contraptions, each with amusing titles such as ‘Germans Training Wasps to Sting Highlanders’, ‘Unfortunate Mishap to a Zeppelin’, ‘The Armoured Bayonet-Curler’, and ‘British Soldiers Disguised as a Palm Grove’.

Many of Robinson’s war illustrations had previously appeared in magazines and advertisements. His cartoons of bizarre and improbable machinery were so popular that Britain later adopted the term ‘Heath Robinson’ to refer to absurd inventions.
  William Heath Robinson (1872-1944) was a prolific British cartoonist and illustrator, best remembered for his illustrations for the 1913 Hans Christian Andersen collection of fairy tales, along with other classic children’s stories, as well as the books he wrote and illustrated himself, The Adventures of Uncle Lubin and Bill the Minder. He later became known for his absurd drawings of fantastic machinery and devices.

References: Horne,
The Dictionary of 20th Century British Illustrators 373.

Quarto (book size 25.4 x 19.5 cm). pp. 53 [3]. Red cloth spine over pictorial boards in cream, black, and red, illustrated endpapers.
  Condition: Near fine, some offsetting to endpapers, and one or two finger marks, generally fine throughout.   Ref: 109271   Price: HK$ 1,800