Seven Hundred Penguins, Paperback

Seven Hundred Penguins Paperback

4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A collection of Penguin covers from Britain and around the world, "Seven Hundred Penguins" is a celebration of jackets that remain visually distinctive and addictive to us today, from the beautiful to the garish, design classics to design oddities.

A full-colour, sensuous delight, with one jacket on every page, the featured jackets represent the personal favourites of Penguin staff from offices all over the world, and run from Penguin's birth in 1935 to the end of the twentieth century.Throughout there are jackets that bring back a flood of memories of the first time a book was read; there is beautiful typography from Jan Tschicold; arresting illustrations; visual witticisms from Derek Birdsall; countless mutations of the much-loved Penguin grid.

There are also, with no formula at all, jackets that just make sense.

Featuring old favourites and plenty of surprises, "700 Penguins" is a unique and inspiring collection of the most impactful and well-loved Penguin covers of the twentieth century.




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Seven Hundred Penguins is more of a collectors book than reader's. In fact there isnt any reading; between its covers you will find around 700 odd famous penguin covers from over a period of time from around the globe. It is worth buying if you are a book cover/first edition fanatic, for as the book claims - There is no other book like it.<br/>PS Would also make an interesting gift.

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For someone who has bought Penguins for most of their life and who has spent many happy hours in bookshops looking at covers, trying to decide which to buy next, this is an enjoyable saunter through seven hundred covers, with several books receiving more than one cover (Nineteen Eighty Four and Lolita spring to mind).It is fun to see which books that you have in your library which have made it into this book and which covers you remember from far off days. As I have a fair number of older second hand Penguins, I do have representatives of the early covers, but some of the earlier titles shed interesting light on the social history of Britain in the twentieth century (for example several titles feature vegetable growing for shows I recall).