[ROBINSON, W. Heath, illustrator]. Some ‘Frightful' War Pictures. [London]: Duckworth & Co., .
First edition (reprinted four times in 1916). Folio (14 1/2 x 9 3/4 inches; 368 x 249 mm.).  pp. With twenty-four numbered black and white (halftone) plates printed on coated stock, each preceded by a caption page (the verso of the previous plate) with a silhouette vignette. Title-page vignette and seven black and white silhouettes other than those on the plate captions.
Original quarter brick red cloth over tan pictorial boards printed in black and red. Pictorial silhouette endpapers ("Lighting Back" on front endpapers and "The Free Lance" on rear endpapers). Hinges just starting. Some light wear to spine extremities and to lower corners. Otherwise, a near fine copy, with the boards remarkably fresh and bright. In the original pictorial dust jacket (jacket a little dust soiled and chipped at extremities, with tape repairs to the edges on the verso).
"Before the 1914-18 war ever began, Heath Robinson was showing, in a series of drawings entitled Am Tag, what might happen if the Germans invaded Britain…With the outbreak of war in 1914, Will Heath Robinson was probably better equipped to deal with the German War Machine than the British Army was. By the most economical means, he succeeded in reducing the enemy to a bunch of pompous poltroons…His drawings were mainly for The Sketch and The Bystander. Their success was even greater with the British Expeditionary Force in the front line than it was with the people at home and soon he had a large and appreciative correspondence from members of all ranks in the Army, Navy and Flying Corps, who bombarded him with suggestions for his drawings…Many of these drawings appeared later in book form, in Some Frightful War Pictures, Hunlikely and The Saintly Hun, all published by Duckworth" (Lewis, pp. 184-186).
"Illustrated throughout with drawings that originally appeared in The Sketch and The Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News…Issued both in paper covers and in quarter-bound paper-covered boards with cloth backs and silhouette designs on the endpapers" (Lewis, p. 216).
Beare, p. 147, no. 1. Lewis, p. 216.
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