Seven Hundred Penguins

Seven Hundred Penguins

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 720 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 200mm x 50mm | 1,202g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141031883
  • ISBN 13: 9780141031880
  • Illustrations note: 700
  • Sales rank: 104,958

Product description

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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Penguin Press was formed in 1935 by Sir Allen Lane, then-editorial director of The Bodley Head. It was the first company to bring good-quality, contemporary literature to readers at an affordable price. In 1946, it launched the Penguin Classics series, itself now a classic. Penguin publishes books under a variety of imprints including Puffin, DK, Hamish Hamilton, Viking, Rough Guides and Ladybird. Now more than seventy years old, Penguin is the home of reading.

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By Chloe 21 Apr 2011 4

A wonderful array of Penguin cover's, as good as browsing through a real collection of vintage penguin popular paperbacks, and a space saver on your bookshelf!

By Mark Thwaite 10 Dec 2008 3

When publisher Allen Lane founded Penguin Books in 1935, with the genius idea of providing quality writing for the same price as a pack of cigarettes, he started a reading revolution. Whilst the price and easy availability of the Penguin titles was essential for their imminent ubiquity, their design was also a key aspect to their huge popularity. And since the '30s, Penguin book covers have graced book stalls and stands with their unique and arresting style.
Collected here -- never has a book been more aptly named! -- are seven hundred of the best Penguin paperback covers. Aside from editor Jim Stoddart's short and informative introduction, the Penguin Art Director has, quite rightly, kept his book entirely word free: each of these covers has as a page to themselves and proudly stands unadorned of comment as the "little works of art they really are." The book itself is a quiet triumph of design and it is an absolute thrill to see so many iconic designs celebrated in this way. Paperback book covers seem such an ephemeral type of artwork, with Seven Hundred Penguins their significance -- social and personal -- is showcased in a wonderful memorial.