An extraordinary little set of colorful hardcover books on plants and gardening, full of glorious illustrations and genuinely useful information. For reference and enjoyment, as follows:
The Complete Book of Garden Magic by Roy E. Biles, published 1942, is a wonderful encyclopedia of knowlege. 8 X 10.5" and over 300 soft fiber paper pages. Mostly black a white, with a handful of full page technicolor photos, and endless little hand drawn diagrams as seen photograph 5. Everything from soil fertility, and propagation to greenhouses, window boxes and a gardeners calendar.
Wild Flowers Little Nature Library by Neltje Blanchan, published 1924, has 48 full page color illustrations such as the ones seen in photo 4. Book measures 8" x 5.5" with about 270 pages. Covers "wild flowers worth knowing" from the American White Helebore to Pitcher plants, Saxifrage, and Downy False Foxglove.
Companion Plants & How to Use Them by Philbrick and Gregg, sponsored by the Bio-Dynamic Farming and Gardening Association, published 1973 (first published in the 1960s). An extremely useful little yellow tome full of tested gems including the fact that planting nettle near your peppermint doubles the quantity of essential oil produced, and a mulch of pine or spruce needles increases the vigor and flavor of strawberry plants.
Garden Bulbs in Color by McFarland, Hatton and Foley is the prize here if brilliant color illustrations and photos are what you seek. Published in 1945, this book has page after page of small and large color tinted pictures like the ones in photo 2. There are also lots of black and white pictures, no page is just text; this is a great visual reference of bulb flowers, how to plant them and a species or variety guide.
All books are in good shape, with some wear. The bindings are all tight, and there are no major flaws. There are no dust jackets, and the covers show plenty of wear, there is foxing to some of the paper, a written price or name on a front page, or a corner knock here and there. They are old and look it, but smell nicely of paper and are lovely.