Trafford Park, Manchester: Port of Manchester Warehouses Limited, 1921. Item #02110
Scarce Robinson, Here and Now
ROBINSON, W. Heath (illustrator). Then and Now. Trafford Park, Manchester: Port of Manchester Warehouses Limited, 1921.
First edition. Quarto (11 1/8 x 8 1/8 in; 282 x 206 mm). 48pp. Six full-page half-tone illustrations, sixteen black and white text drawings by Robinson. Misc. black and white photo-illustrations.
Publisher's original pictorial wrappers. Light staining to top corner of title-page, a few light creases to wrapper corners, otherwise a fine copy.
One of W. Heath Robinson's "pioneering work[s] in the field of humourous advertising art" (Beare), "in Then and Now he let his fancy wander through the warehouses of the Port of Manchester. This booklet is illustrated both with Heath Robinson's drawings and with some archaic photographs of the same warehouses. In some cases the photographs could almost be mistaken for Heath Robinson drawings, so persuasive is his vision" (Beare, p. 171).
Beare, Advertising... 94.