Friday, June 1, 2012

COLLECTION #243: Vintage How And Why Library

I love these books. I have four volumes of these Vintage 1940s editions of the How And Why Library: Nature, Heroes, Knowledge, and Travel. They are children's reference books. A fifth volume exists- Stories, which I would love to own someday. These books were published beginning in 1930, by the LJ Bullard Co. Mine are the 1945 edition. I adore the illustrations, especially the simple line art and art deco covers. I'll just post some photos of the various pages, and hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

Adorable endpapers


Anonymous said...

I grew up with these books and, although I don't have much $, I would love, love, love to find a copy of the Stories volume. Best, of course, would be to have the whole set. Can anyone help? If you can, please write to: If you have one and don't want to part with it, could I get some content from the Stories volume?

Unknown said...

Great Pictures!

I have had the “Stories” volume of this series since I was a child (I was born in 1958). I think it must have belonged to my much older siblings first. Unfortunately the cover has been “loved” clean off the thing and a lot of the pages are ripped. Years ago I discovered a good clean copy of this book in an antique mall in San Dimas, but when I asked about purchasing it the person running the mall said she didn’t know what the dealer wanted for it as it was just being used as a decoration for a bookcase she was trying to sell. My beat up copy is buried in a storage unit in Simi Valley following a move. I hope one day soon to get my hands on it again.

GG said...

I have all five volumns of the How and Why Library by L.J. Bullard. I would like to sell them. Can you tell me what they are worth.?

SJJ Gorham said...

I have a set of 6 of these and loved them growing up. When I open them now, it's like seeing an old friend. I have: Stepping Stones, Knowledge, Stories, Travel, Heroes, Nature, copyright 1952. I also have the Rainbow Dictionary that came with the set and some monthly pamphlets that came as well.

Anonymous said...

I have "Stories" copyright 1956
BEAUTIFUL. ANYONE interested ?
Thank you.

Anonymous said...

I have 6 of these books. I was born in 1946 and the copyright is 1946. A couple are in great shape the rest have pencil makings but are fully together, binder and all.I am moving and all my kids and grandkids are grown, anyone interested in buying email me at