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ÉDITIONS PENGUIN Series


'V' 1 - 18


See also other French Penguins:
'F' ÉDITIONS PINGOUIN (F1 - F6)


Other War-time and fighting publications:
(FBC) FORCES BOOK CLUB
'SE' PENGUIN SERVICES EDITIONS
(PoW) THE PRISONERS OF WAR BOOK SERVICE
(Egypt) EGYPTIAN PENGUINS (20)
'PA' PRINTS BY TOPOLSKI (PA1 - PA4)
'H' PENGUIN HANSARD (H1 - H6)
'S-US' FIGHTING FORCES - PENGUIN SPECIALS USA





In 1941 Penguin began a new series 'ÉDITIONS PINGOUIN' with 'F1' published in October 1941, Louis Lévy's 'Vérités sur la France'. It was intended mainly for the Free French troops who had fled to Britain after the fall of France in June 1940. However, only 6 books were published, the last 'F6' was published in May 1945.

The 'F' series was replaced by a new look 'ÉDITIONS PENGUIN' series, which had a more 'continental' look to it rather than the traditional Penguin book format. This second series, with the prefix 'V', was intended for sale in liberated France. This series in French was launched in October 1944 with 'V1' Anatole France's Les Dieux ont Soif. The last, 'V18' was published in May 1947.

The series was trailed in the following way:
A series of French books, classical and modern, issued in a form worthy of the best traditions of French book production, though printed in Great Britain, and carefully edited under expert supervision.
The series includes works of pure literature and discussions of contemporary affairs, side by side with reprints of the greatest literary treasures of the French language and reissues of books which have won deserved repute in more recent years.

Reproduced from back pages of 'L1', Homer's Odyssey, printed in 1945 and published in January 1946.



Information and cover photographs of the Penguin ÉDITIONS PENGUIN series:

Number V1
Series No.: V1
Title: LES DIEUX ONT SOIF
Author: Anatole France
Date Published: October 1944 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1944)
Pages: 204pp.
Printer: The Curwen Press Ltd
Price: 2/6d. net, 25 francs français
Number V2
Series No.: V2
Title: HITLER ET LE CHRISTIANISME
Author: Edmond Vermeil
Date Published: October 1944 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1944)
Pages: 80pp.
Printer: The Curwen Press Ltd
Price: 2/6d. net, 25 francs français
Number V3
Series No.: V3
Title: JALONS
Author: Jean Schlumberger
Date Published: March 1945 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1945)
Pages: 124pp.
Printer: The Curwen Press Ltd
Price: 2/6d. net, 25 francs français
Number V4
Series No.: V4
Title: HISTOIRE SINCÈRE DE LA NATION FRANÇAISE
Author: Charles Seignobos
Date Published: March 1945 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1944)
Pages: 342pp.
Printer: The Curwen Press Ltd
Price: 3/6d. net, 35 francs français
Number V5
Series No.: V5
Title: L'ARMÉE DES OMBRES
Author: Joseph Kessel
Date Published: February 1945 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1945)
Pages: 160pp.
Printer: R. and R. Clark Ltd
Price: 2/6d. net, 25 francs français
Number V6
Series No.: V6
Title: LE RETOUR DE LA SAINTE - Mystè en douze tableaux et un prologue
Author: Louis Auppegard
Date Published: February 1945 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1945)
Pages: 94pp.
Printer: R. and R. Clark Ltd
Price: 2/6d. net, 25 francs français
Number V7
Series No.: V7
Title: ADOLPHE ET LE CAHIER ROUGE
Author: Benjamin Constant
Date Published: July 1945 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1945)
Pages: 124pp.
Printer: The Curwen Press Ltd
Price: 2/6d. net, 25 francs français
Number V8
Series No.: V8
Title: LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES ou lettres recueillies dans une société et publiées pour l'instruction de quelques autres
Author: Choderlos de Laclos
Date Published: October 1945 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1945)
Pages: 374pp.
Printer: Wyman and Sons Ltd
Price: 3/6d. net, 35 francs français
Number V9
Series No.: V9
Title: ŒUVRES CHOISIES
Author: Alexis de Tocqueville
Introduction: par René Elvin
Date Published: February 1945 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1946)
Pages: 172pp.
Printer: R. and R. Clark Ltd
Price: 2/6d. net, 25 francs français
Number V10
Series No.: V10
Title: LA CHARTREUSE DE PARME
Author: Stendhal (Marie-Henri Beyle)
Date Published: April 1946 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1945)
Pages: 468pp. (and 4 flyleaves)
Printer: The Curwen Press Ltd
Price: 3/6d. net, 35 francs français
Number V11
Series No.: V11
Title: LE ZÉRO ET L'INFINI - Darkness at Noon
Author: Arthur Koestler
Translation: Roman traduit de l'anglais par Jérôme Jenatton
Date Published: February 1946 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1946)
Pages: 226pp.
Printer: Harrison and Sons Ltd
Price: 2/6d. net, 25 francs français
Number V12
Series No.: V12
Title: LE SILENCE DE LA MER
Author: Vercors (Jean Marcel Bruller)
Date Published: April 1946 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1946)
Pages: 44pp.
Printer: The Curwen Press Ltd
Price: 1/6d. net, 15 francs français
Number V13
Series No.: V13
Title: ÉDUCATION EUROPÉENNE
Author: Romain Gary
Date Published: March 1946 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1946)
Pages: 176pp.
Printer: Richard Clay and Co Ltd
Price: 2/6d. net, 25 francs français
Number V14
Series No.: V14
Title: LE NEVEU DE RAMEAU ET DEUX CONTES
Author: Denis Diderot
Date Published: April 1946 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1946)
Pages: 126pp.
Printer: Williams, Lea and Co Ltd
Price: 2/6d. net, 60 francs français
Number V15
Series No.: V15
Title: LA COUSINE BETTE Les Parents Pauvres
Author: Honoré de Balzac
Date Published: November 1946 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1946)
Pages: 416pp.
Printer: Williams, Lea and Co Ltd
Price: (overstuck 5/-)
Number V16
Series No.: V16
Title: L'ÉDUCATION SENTIMENTALE Histoire D'un Jeune Homme
Author: Gustave Flaubert
Date Published: November 1946 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1946)
Pages: 432pp.
Printer: Harrison and Sons Ltd
Price: 3/6d. net, 84 francs français (overstuck 5/- or 120ff)
Number V17
Series No.: V17
Title: ANTHOLOGIE DE JEAN JAURÈS
Author: Louis Lévy
Introduction: Avec une introduction et des notes par Louis Lévy
Date Published: May 1947 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1947)
Pages: 224pp.
Printer: R. and R. Clark Ltd
Price: 3/6d. net, 84 francs français
Number V18
Series No.: V18
Title: CROISADE SANS CROIX - Arrival and Departure
Author: Arthur Koestler
Translation: Roman traduit de l'anglais par Jérôme Jenatton
Date Published: May 1947 (Éditions Penguin, Londres, 1947)
Pages: 188pp.
Printer: Harrison and Sons Ltd
Price: 5/- net, 120 francs français



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