London. Penguin Books Ltd., Circa 1939- 1959.
SEVEN HARDBOUND BOOKS WITH DUST JACKETS from the renowned decorative series, each with approximately 30 pages of text followed by black and white or color illustrations, 7 1/4 x 5 inches, color pictorial paper-covered boards with color pictorial dust-jackets. Three volumes in very good condition with light wear to extremities. Three volumes in good condition, with short tears and some paper loss to dust jackets, light foxing to endpapers, and one cracked hinge. The remaining volume, Early British Railways, contains light foxing throughout and multiple tears with paper loss to dust jacket, and a youthful railway enthusiast has annotated the covers in pencil. "King Penguin Books was a series of pocket-sized monographs published by Penguin Books between 1939 and 1959. They were in imitation of the Insel-Bücherei series published in Germany by Insel Verlag from 1912 onwards, and were pioneer volumes for Penguins in that they were their first volumes with hard covers and their first with colour printing." (Wikipedia). Item #55256