'A treasure trove of self-ventilating hats, boot warmers, hair-brushing machines and improved pickle forks … a unique insight into the world that spawned them'
'Irresistible … these inventions provide entertaining glimpses of the lives, hopes and fears of our nineteenth-century forebears'
'Patently daft … wonderfully wacky … bonkers'
'Hundreds of bizarre nineteenth-century designs … all laid out with skilful draughtsmanship and Heath Robinson-style eccentricity'
New Statesman (Picture Book of the Week)