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The Pencil

A History

By Henry Petrosky

ISBN 0-571-16182-0

Publisher: Faber and Faber

Publishing Year: 1990

1St Edition

1St Print

Language: English

Book Format: Hard Cover

Book Dimensions: 13.5X24 cm

434 Pages



“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.”



The importance of this book goes beyond the world of writing instruments. a very clever book.



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