A invaluable quarry of useful household information. This set is undated but probably dates from the 1930s. It contains hundreds of B&W illustrations and others in colour, including some fold-out plans. A sample page has entries on band-saws, banjos, banking, marriage banns; or (in vol 2), pigeons, pike (fish), pikelet, pilaster, pile (fabrics).
Index in vol 2. They are large quartos, 22 x 28 cms, done in heavy green cloth. The casings show wear. Vol 1 - cloth worn at front joint with two small holes, head and tail of spine ragged; back joint worn but fully intact, corners scuffed. Vol 2 - less worn, tail of spine ragged, scuffing at corners lighter. All four hinges strong. Heavy books @ 6kg the set. All in all a strongly bound set in decent second hand condition.