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The Pencil — A History of Design and Circumstance - Henry Petroski

Faber & Faber, 1990, Hardback in Dustwrapper..
Condition: Very Good — in Good Dust Wrapper. Heavily faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. Pages very gently age-tanned.

From the cover: “We use it every day of our lives. It is virtually invisible, yet universal and necessary. In this fascinating and charmingly illustrated book, Henry Petroski celebrates the history of its design. His story brings in such figures as the American philosopher Henry David Thoreau, who designed pencils; Toulouse-Lautrec, who declared, ‘I am a pencil’; and the great nineteenth-century manufacturing families, such as Dixon and Faber. Petroski describes the frantic search for materials to produce the perfect pencil point; explains why some pencils were yellow (to indicate pure graphite from the Orient); he even reveals exactly how they get the lead inside the wood.”
Size: 9½" x 5¼"
Number of Pages: 434
ISBN: 0571161820

£13.30 (Now Sold)