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Henry Petroski
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The Pencil

Henry Petroski


Faber & Faber

Art & Architecture;
Industrial: Commercial Art & Design;
History: specific events & topics


448 pages

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Henry Petroski's witty and unexpected history of the pencil includes a wide range of characters: from the American philosopher Henry David Thoreau, and Toulouse-Lautrec, who declared, 'I am a pencil', to the great nineteenth-century manufacturing families, such as Dixon and Faber. Petroski charmingly celebrates the design history of one of mankind's most essential, and yet undervalued, tools.

By:   Henry Petroski
Imprint:   Faber & Faber
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 140mm,  Spine: 30mm
Weight:   530g
ISBN:   9780571217632
ISBN 10:   057121763X
Pages:   448
Publication Date:   July 2005
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

'One of those great books that starts a genre. A witty liaison between folk history and deconstruction, it manages to be both wide-angle lens and microscope. Enthralling.' Stephen Bayley

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