Bill the Minder

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Author: W. Heath Robinson

Illustrator: W. Heath Robinson

ROBINSON, W[illiam] Heath. Bill the Minder. London: Constable & Co, 1912. 4to, xvi 256pp. Green cloth pictorially stamped in gilt with color pictorial paper label affixed to the front. 16 mounted color plates (all but frontispiece with captioned tissue guards) and numerous b&w illustrations. Spine edges and corners lightly rubbed, spine slightly sunned, small bump at top of front cover, small spot discolored below title on front, slight foxing to fore edge, endpapers and first and last leaves, else an internally clean, tight copy.

First edition. Bill and his friends Boadicea and Chad encounter a host of odd folks as Bill’s ability to create fantastic machines gets them out of one scrape after another. The basis for the British television series and generally considered one of W. Heath Robinson’s finest works.