These are the first edition books used by Jolly Blackburn back in the day, here's what he has to say about them...
"Was organizing my bookshelf and came across this monstrosity -- my original AD&D GMG. I bound ALL the AD&D books as one huge book along with my own house rules/notes. I was such a geek. (Okay I still am)."
The neat thing is that I've seen this before, it's not an uncommon impulse.
"Its actually a great way to bind the books -- it was a Maytag Washing Machine parts manual originally -- three hole punch with four inch spleens. You can open to any page and it lays open by itself. I ended up binding three or four friends' books the same way back in the day."
Smart, simple, a super nice touch that he put the spines inside the spine piece of the binder.
"It has allthe following books in it: DMG, PHB, Unearth Arcana, Deities and Demigods, Monster manual and the Fiend Folio [and the Monster Manual II - ed.]. Once you removed the hard covers you could reall pack them in . ;) Oh I think the Rogues Gallery is in there too."
I love how nicely they all fit.
"I'll confess -- my original inspiration was to thwart players who were always asking to borrow my books."
Ah. Well then.
This item is not from the archive, the photo was provided by Mr. Blackburn for this posting. There are items like this in the archive, but none so grand. It's fantastically interesting when an item is intensely worked and personalized, customized for a specific task.