This Christmas I was given a set of amazing little books from a series Penguin UK published in the 1930's and 40's. They are small hardcovers, each with a short section of color plates illustrating its respective subject. I'll be posting further selections over the next few weeks. The images below are from Poisonous Funghi (1945), illustrations by Rose Ellenby; Flowers of Marsh and Stream (1946), drawings by Noel Rooke; and A Book of Roses (1939), with drawings by Pierre-Joseph Redoute. By the way, it really is worth clicking on the images below to get a closer look. Thanks to Heather.