Title: Edible Fungi
Author: John Ramsbottom
Illustrator: Rose Ellenby
Year: 1943 (First Edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books Limited
Book Condition: Good
Jacket Condition: No Jacket
Description: Fascinating, Ladybird-sized insight into the world of fungi. The author provides a historical background to the humble mushroom and how it was used in ancient times, right through to the Victorian era. 16 varieties have been selected for this book, each described in great detail (including measurements).
At the end of the text are 16 excellent 'plates' (in reality, full-page illustrations printed on ordinary paper) illustrating each mushroom in full colour. There are also various b&w illustrations interspersed through the text.
The boards are lightly soiled and there is a small, pink stain at the very bottom of the rear board. Otherwise very good. The spine has suffered a negligible loss near the tail where the Penguin logo is situated, and has a small, 4 cm (1.6″) split. Internally, the pages are in very good condition: unmarked and free from foxing, despite having been printed on War Economy paper. Having said that, there is just the subtlest hint of tanning in the gutter.
Measures 18.5 cm × 12.5 cm (7.4″ × 5″). Large 12mo. 35 pp. + 16 pp. of full-page illustrations.