Manufacturer: Theo. Audel & Co. New York N. Y.
This is a good, clean set of Audels Carpenters and Builders Guides with a complete set of 4 volumes all copyright in 1923, all are first editions, all printed and bound the same as in 1923, all the same text, size and cover design. One of my favorite reference book sets for information on building and carpentry techniques from the 1920's. The 1st volume is very good for information on tools of that days and how to care for them. Each book is 5" x 6.7" has a black leather like pressed cloth semi soft boards, gold gilt spine lettering; pages are tipped in gold gilt on all three sides. All are in good condition. The white page have been exposed to moisture in the lower margins and this can be seen in the photos.
There is no mold or smell due to the said moisture, but light staining is noted. All the covers are clean, spines are tight and straight and each volume lies straight and flat on a flat surface, no warped or deformed. As you can see in the pictures there is very little exterior wear on this set, but we do note that the gold on the page edges has lost most of it's bright glimmer. Pages on all are clean; except some minor moisture already mentioned, no tears, scribbling. On all books, some minor age toning on the pages. Good tight bindings. A nice set of books covering tools, steel square, cutting tools, saw sharpening, nails, screws, joinery, furniture, math, drawings, estimating, house and roof framing, layout, foundations, doors, windows, stair building, mill-work, painting, etc. Lots of good information.