Heath Robinson’s Golf

Classic Cartoons and Ingenious Contraptions

W. Heath Robinson

Heath Robinson’s Golf

W. Heath Robinson

Distributed for Bodleian Library, University of Oxford

64 pages | 56 halftones | 7 1/2 x 10 | © 2015
Cloth $25.00 ISBN: 9781851244331 Published September 2015 For sale in North America only
Heath Robinson (1872–1944) is Britain’s “Gadget King”—master of the art of creating madcap contraptions that made use of ropes, weights, and pulleys to perform relatively simple tasks, from wart removal to peeling potatoes. Although he trained as a painter and also worked as a book illustrator, Robinson developed his forte with drawings of gadgets that parodied the absurdities of modern life. A true cartoonist, Robinson had a way of getting at the heart of the matter while simultaneously satirizing it mercilessly. He became a household name in Britain, and his popularity continues today with plans to build a museum in London to share with a new generation the story of his life and work.

Heath Robinson’s Golf establishes Robinson as one of the great humorists of the “gentleman’s game.” From the origin of those peculiar shortened pants called “plus-fours” to the multiple meanings of an “awkward lie,” Robinson pokes fun at this popular sport. Among the cartoons in Golf are mechanisms like a machine for testing golf drivers or the “waterproof mashie” for keeping one’s clothes dry. And, while Robinson primarily focuses on the antics of a portly golfer and his long-suffering caddie, few will avoid the feeling that Robinson is at times speaking directly to them with contraptions like a putter fitted with a patented ball guide or a “movable bunker” to block an opponent’s progress down the fairway.

A side-splittingly funny collection from the man whose “absurd, beautiful drawings” H. G. Wells claimed “give me a peculiar pleasure of the mind like nothing else in the world,” this book make a perfect gift for anyone looking to have a laugh at our complicated and increasingly mechanical modern life.
Contents
Introduction
The Fall of Man
A Wet Season
How Coal was First Discovered in Scotland
Styles in Stance – I
Some Foursome
For the Weary Caddy
An Intelligent Green-keeper at 2 a.m.
Some Curious Cases of Lost Ball
When Spring Handicaps
Pyramid Golf
Some New Water Sports for the Seaside Holidays
Improved Golf Clubs
More Improved Golf
The Bent Niblick for Curly Bunker Work
The Forlorn Hope
An Awkward Lie
Pogo Golf for 18-Hole Courses
Half Time
Aquatic Golf-I to IV
How Noah Managed to Keep His Hand in During the Flood
The Sitting Stance for the Budding Putter
Spring Cleaning of Golf Course in Readiness for the Spring Season
Style in Stance - II
Holed! Showing the Unfortunate Effect of not Keeping your Eye on the Ball
Another Awkward Lie
The Record
Patent Putter with Adjustment for Levelling out Worm Casts
The St Andrew’s Bunker Chair
Some Golfing Novelties for the Next Season - I and II
The New Adjustable Tee
The New Golf Car for the Comfort of Golfers
The Origin of Plus Fours
Risks and Liabilities Covered by the New ‘Heath Robinson’ Insurance Scheme for Golfers
One in Two: A Tragedy of the Sahara Golf Course
Styles in Stance - III
The Last Hole Before the Flood
Some Suggestions for the Golfing Novice
Some Interesting Methods of Propaganda to Secure the Golfing Vote
To Vary the Monotony of the Game
A New Adjustment for Golf Balls which Successfully Discloses their Whereabouts
The Caddy’s Friend
Too Much Vim
Aprés Vous
The Annual Get-There-First Golfing Handicap
The End
Review Quotes
Good Book Guide
“Highlighting the game’s often baffling characteristics while also suggesting ingenious methods of one-upmanship amied at the diehard player, it’s endearing creation of the stout golfer accompanied by his long-suffering caddie is one that will generate wry amusement.”
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