The first ten were published in July 1935 and sold for 6d.(six pence) each. By 30 July 1954 Penguin had published Number 1,000. These Main Series books are listed. Penguin used the colours of the cover to signify different types of book:
Fiction were in Orange covers
Biography in Dark Blue
Crime/Detection in Green
Travel and Adventure in Cerise
Plays in Red
Miscellaneous in Yellow
Essays and Belles Lettres in a Light Purple
World Affairs in Grey.
Penguin published PELICANS from May 1937. These were in their familiar light blue and white covers. We list the first 500 which were published up to 1960 (and a few later!).
This was a very fine set of (what later became very collectable) illustrated hardbacks - The KING PENGUIN series - This series began in November 1939 and the final book, number 76 was published in 1959.
This site would like to acknowledge the help provided by Helen Beardsley and the staff at the Archives and Special Collections section of Stirling University Library which houses the Mitchell Penguin Collection, a collection of some 3,500 Penguin Books collected by Dr Angus Mitchell (a former Chair of the University Court). [see 'Useful Links' page]
We also acknowledge the assistance by the Centre for Research Collections, University of Edinburgh Library, in accessing their Penguin Book Collection.
We would like to thank Hannah Lowery, Archivist at the Special Collections, University of Bristol Library for her help. [also to be found on the 'Useful Links' page]
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