John Bull's Practical Home Library is a set of twelve reference books under different headings. Each volume is by a different author and has 320 pages with around 200 illustrations. This is an incomplete set as the first volume is missing ('How Much Do You Know?' Thousands of questions and answers).
Each book has boards covered in blue cloth, with the title plainly embossed on the front and in gold on the spine. The board edges and head/tail caps are a little light-faded at the top with only slight shelf wear on the fore and bottom edges. The corners are not bumped. All of the page edges are light-faded, with the top edges being dyed blue by the manufacturer. The hinges and binding are tight.
While the endpapers are discoloured, the frontispieces, title pages and page faces are clean. The blue and white dust jackets are discoloured on the reverse, and tend to be torn along the top and bottom edges.
Book 1: 'How Much Do You Know?' - MISSING from this set.
Book 2: 'The Practical Handyman' A do-it-yourself book covering many aspects of home repair including redecorating, plumbing, flooring and aerials.
Book 3: 'The Wonderful Story of the Human Body' With sections on evolution and the functions/ workings of the major organs.
Book 4: 'Real Life Problems and their Solution' Covers life, love and marriage, or "All the many circumstances of living that call for the mature wisdom of a real guide, philosopher and friend".
Book 5: 'The Practical Home Doctor' Written by a 'Harley Street specialist', covers first aid, ailments and drugs.
Book 6: 'The Home Counsellor' A book which gives trusted advice on various matters concerning your rights as an individual.
Book 7: 'Practical Information For All' Information on local government, health services, education services, personal papers and finance.
Book 8: 'Secrets of Successful Gardening' A guide on many aspects of gardening including design, soil, fertilisers, flowering plants, shrubs, vegetables, greenhouses and water features.
Book 9: 'The Practical Way To Keep Fit' Advice on diet, exercise and clothing.
Book 10: 'How to Write, Think and Speak Correctly' Writing style, spelling, punctuation, logic, argument and pronunciation.
Book 11: 'The Book of Hints and Wrinkles' A guide to running a home, from choosing bed linen to planning for baby.
Book 12: 'The Home Entertainer' Entertaining with parties, games and shows.