Garden City, NY: Doubleday & Company, 1959. First edition. Hardcover. SIGNED. 95pp. Octavo [21.5] in glossy pictorial boards. Small chip and a few short tears to price-clipped jacket; rubbing to boards at extremities, else very light wear; ink name on front pastedown, else interior is unmarked; front hinge starting. Very good / very good. Item #49215
Signed and inscribed by Goldberg on front free endpaper: "To my good friend, Jules Alberti, one of God's finer inventions-- Rube Goldberg, Aug. 30, '59". Mr. Alberti was the founder of Endorsements, Inc., an advertising testimonial firm.
Rube Goldberg's motto was "Do it the hard way". The cartoons in this book showcase three of the needlessly elaborate and endlessly delightful "machines" he was famous for. From the book: "These are step-by-step instructions, replete with gripping suspense, cliff-hangers, cowboys, Indians, miners, ICBM's, hippopotami, parades, and boll weevils."