Tuesday, January 10, 2012
BY THE NUMBERS is "a book about numbers written for people." The entire title is BY THE NUMBERS: THE STORY OF COUNTING FROM THE ABACUS TO THE ARTIFICIAL BRAIN and it's by Burton Lehrenbaum. It was published by and is copyright 1966 by Veeder-Root in Hartford, CT.
The book sports a number of illustrations by Virgil Partch, who signed his cartoons "VIP." So far as I know, this work by Partch, a master cartoonist, has been unseen (at least on the Web) for over 40 years.
Wonderful to see a subject like numbers use a cartoonist to get its points across. Maybe one of the reasons that VIP was chosen to illustrate this paperback was because he was known to sneak an extra finger onto a character just to see if he could do it.
Here they are, with no context. Just enjoy those wonderful ink lines of VIP's!
Posted by Mike Lynch at 8:51 AM