The Pencil

Author(s): Henry Petroski

History

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.

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'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

General Fields

  • : 9780571217632
  • : Faber & Faber
  • : Faber & Faber
  • : 0.53
  • : April 2003
  • : 233mm X 140mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Henry Petroski
  • : Henry Petroski
  • : Paperback
  • : Paperback
  • : 674.88
  • : 448
  • : Industrial / commercial art & design; History of specific subjects
  • : Industrial / commercial art & design; History of specific subjects
  • : 46 b&w illustrations
  • : 46 b&w illustrations