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PENGUIN AND RELATED MISCELLANEOUS BOOKS
(about Penguin)















Inevitably, there have been many books published about 'Penguin Books Ltd' itself, on its history, and about Allen Lane, the publisher and his team; and there have been books celebrating various anniversaries of Penguins. Some have been published by The Penguin Collectors' Society (see separate lists and links), and some are to be found under the 'Q' Miscellaneous series of publications, such as 'Q21' The Penguin Story and 'Q25' Penguins Progress 1935 - 1960. Other books have been published by Penguin and do not fit into any recognised series. Yet others have been produced by different 'non-Penguin' publishers.

This is a list in the making - and by no means complete...



Information and cover photographs of Penguin and related miscellaneous books

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Title: TEN YEARS OF PENGUINS 1935 - 1945
Text: Three articles which appeared in The Bookseller in Autumn 1945
Cover design: by H. Weissenborn
Date Published: 1946
Pages: 24pp.
Printer: Hazell, Watson and Viney Ltd


This entry, together with a letter from Allen Lane, also appears on the PENGUINS PROGRESS page.

Title: D. H. LAWRENCE: AN APPRECIATION
Author: Richard Aldington
Date Published: 1950
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 32pp.
Printer: Hunt, Barnard and Co Ltd
Price: Issued free to purchasers of the complete set of D. H. Lawrence. Additional copies 6d. each

Title: PENGUINS: A RETROSPECT 1935 - 1951
Date Published: 1951 (not given)
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 24pp.
Printer: Hazell, Watson and Viney Ltd
Content reproduced from The Bookseller of 23 August, 6 September and 13 September 1945

Title: TRIBUTES TO ALLEN LANE AT A SERVICE OF THANKSGIVING FOR HIS LIFE AND WORK, 1902 - 1970
Designed: by Will and Sebastian Carter
Date Published: 1970 privately printed (750 copies)
Printer: Rampant Lions Press

Volume includes the text of tributes given at a service of thanksgiving for Allen Lane at St Martin-in-the-Fields on 18 August 1970 by Harry Paroissien, Richard Hoggart and Sir Robert Lusty.


Images are of the Cover, title page, inside back page, and of a separate sheet for the Order of Service



This item was reproduced in facsimilie form by PCS in 2002. A link to the page is given: Penguin Collectors' Society 'Miscellany' and Other publications.

Title: ALLEN LANE - A PERSONAL PORTRAIT
Author: Sir William Emrys Williams
Illustration: 8 pages of black-and-white prints
Date Published: 1973
Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd
Pages: 96pp. + 8pp.
Printer: William Clowes and Sons Ltd
Price: £1.50 (hardback)

Title: ALLEN LANE - KING PENGUIN: A Biography
Author: J. E. Morpurgo
Illustration: 8 pages of black-and-white photographic plates
Date Published: 1979
Publisher: Hutchinson and Co (Publishers) Ltd
Pages: 408pp + 8pp.
Printer: The Anchor Press Ltd
Price: £9.95 (hardback)

Title: THE BOOK OF PAPERBACKS: A VISUAL HISTORY OF THE PAPERBACK
Author: Piet Schreuders
Translated: from the Dutch by Josh Pachter
Book design: by Piet Schreuders
Cover design: by Peter Saville; photo by Trevor Key
Date Published: 1981
Publisher: Virgin Books
Printer: C. Hassbeek, BV, Holland
Pages: 272pp.
Price: £5.50

Title: PENGUIN BOOKS: THE PICTORIAL COVER 1960 - 1980 An Exhibition at Manchester Polytechnic Central Library, May - June 1981
Author: Evelyne Green
Content: list of 219 items (not illustrated)
Cover design: by Stephen Horsfall based on Romek Marber's grid design for cover of Penguin Books 1961 (Frederick Law and Co Ltd)
Date Published: 1981
Pages: 66pp.
Publisher: Manchester Polytechnic Library

Title: FIFTY PENGUIN YEARS Published on the occasion of Penguin Books' fiftieth anniversary
Foreword: by Malcolm Bradbury
'Fifty Years of Penguin Books': by Linda Lloyd Jones
'Fifty Years of Penguin Design': by Jeremy Aynsley
Illustration: numerous colour and black-and-white photographic plates
Date Published: 1985
Publisher: Penguin Books
Pages: 144pp
Printer: Balding and Mansell Ltd
Price: £4.95
The book was published to accompany the exhibition PENGUIN FIFTY YEARS at the Royal Festival Hall, London, 21 September - 27 October 1985.








Title: THE FIRST TEN PENGUINS: Republished in facsimile to mark Penguin's fiftieth anniversary
Date Published: September 1985
Publisher: Penguin Books
Content: 10 volumes in facsimilie
Printer: Hazell, Watson and Viney Ltd


Images shown:

  • Boxed set cardboard cover

  • Set of 10 boxed books sitting in box

  • Folder cover insert

  • Folded sheet with biographies and portrait photographs of first 10 authors

  • Photo montage of press cuttings from 1935 and 1936


    This item can be acquired direct from Amazon using this link: The First Ten Penguins - Boxed Set

  • Title: FIFTY YEARS OF PENGUINS: Catalogue of an exhibition at Stranmillis College and the University of Ulster, at Belfast, October to December 1985
    CCompiled: by Debby Shorley and Wesley McCann
    Date Published: October 1985
    Pages: 56pp.
    Might look like a PCS publication - but produced in Northern Ireland.

    Second image of back cover

    Title: 'A SORT OF DIGNIFIED FLIPPANCY': Penguin Books 1935 - 1960
    Author: Sally Wood
    Date Published: 1985
    Publisher: Edinburgh University Library
    Pages: 56pp.
    Written and produced to accompany the Collection in the Edinburgh University Library

    Title: 'PICK UP A PENGUIN': Penguin Books 1935 - 1960
    Compiled: Sally Wood and two others
    Date Published: 1986
    Publisher: Edinburgh University Library
    Pages: 28pp.
    Written and produced to accompany the Collection in the Edinburgh University Library (27 November 1985 - 30 June 1986). Contains information on 183 numbered exhibits.

    Two images shown, including the alternative non-Penguin like cover, used for the exhibition over the 7 month period.

    Title: "SO MUCH ADMIRED": DIE INSEL BÜCHEREI AND THE KING PENGUIN SERIES with checklists of the illustrated volumes of Die Insel Bücherei and the King Penguin Series
    Author: Russell Edwards and David J. Hall
    Date Published: 1986 (Limited Edition of 550 copies)
    Publisher: Salvia Books
    Pages: 108pp.

    Title: THE BODLEY HEAD 1887-1987
    Authors: J. W. Lambert and Michael Ratcliffe
    Illustrations: 23 plates
    Date Published: 1987
    Publisher: The Bodley Head
    Pages: 366pp.
    Printer: William Clowes Ltd
    Price: £20

    Title: NOEL CARRINGTON AND HIS PUFFIN PICTURE BOOKS: An Exhibition Catalogue
    Author: Ian Rogerson
    Date Published: May 1992
    Publisher: Manchester Polytechnic Library
    Pages: 40pp.

    Title: PENGUIN PORTRAIT: ALLEN LANE AND THE PENGUIN EDITORS 1935 - 1970
    Edited: by Steve Hare
    Date Published: 6 July 1995
    Publisher: Penguin
    Pages: 384pp.
    Printer: Clays Ltd
    Price: £12.00

    This book is numbered 'Q60' and produced by Penguin as part of 60th Anniversary.






    Title: PENGUIN SPECIAL: The Life and Times of Allen Lane
    Author: Jeremy Lewis
    Illustration: 8 pages of black-and-white photographic plates; and sketches
    Jacket design: by Greg Mollica with cover photo: portrait of Allen Lane by Douglas Glass
    Date Published: 2005
    Publisher: Penguin Books (U.S.A.)
    Pages: 484pp. + 8pp.
    Printer: Clays Ltd
    Price: $30 (hardback)


    Also shown, cover images from the Penguin VIKING Edition;
    published in Great Britain;
    printed by Clays Ltd;
    price £25.00.
    Front cover photo: portrait of Allen Lane by Douglas Glass; back cover photo courtesy of the Penguin Archive at the University of Bristol Information Services.


    Final image shows endpaper. "Note about the endpapers: The endpaper penguins combine Edward Young's bulbous birds with Jan Tschichold's more elegant fowl".


    This item can be acquired direct from Amazon using this link: Penguin Special by Jeremy Lewis

    Title: PENGUIN BY DESIGN: A Cover Story 1935 - 2005
    Author: Phil Baines
    Illustration: colour illustration throughout book
    Design: by David Pearson
    Date Published: 2005
    Publisher: Allen Lane, an imprint of Penguin Books
    Pages: 256pp.
    Printer: Butler and Tanner
    Price: £20
    The initial idea came from Penguin Press designer David Pearson and the book published on the occassion of Penguin Books 70th anniversary.

    Title: SEVEN HUNDRED PENGUINS
    Introduction: by Jim Stoddart
    Illustration: 700 colour plates
    Cover design: by David Pearson and illustrated by Clare Skeats, based on Derek Birdsall's 1965 cover for 'To Kill a Mockingbird'
    Date Published: 2007
    Publisher: Penguin Books
    Pages: 714pp.
    Printer: Graphicom Group, Italy
    Price: £20
    '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...'

    Title: PENGUIN 75 - Designers, Authors, Commentary (the good, the bad...)
    Edited: with an introduction by Paul Buckley
    Foreword: by Chris Ware
    Book design: by Christopher Brand
    Cover design: by Paul Buckley
    Date Published: 2010 (U.S.A.)
    Publisher: Penguin Books
    Pages: 256pp.
    Printer: printed in the U.S.A.
    Price: £US $25
    This book describes and is illustrated with 75 sets of covers published in the U.S.A.

    Title: READING PENGUIN: A Critical Anthology
    Edited: by William Wootten and George Donaldson
    Cover illustration: 'First Penguin Books', Anonymous photograph of Collets Bookshop display, Penguin Archive, University of Bristol Library Special Collections
    Date Published: 2013
    Publisher: Cambridge Scholars
    Pages: 210pp.

    Title: PENGUIN and THE LANE BROTHERS: The Untold Story of a Publishing Revolution
    Authors: Stuart Kells
    Cover design: by Peter Long
    Illustrations: 8 pages of photographic plates
    Date Published: 2015
    Publisher: Black Inc.
    Pages: 340pp.
    Printer: McPherson's Printing Group

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