penguin books

I love Penguin Books. When brilliant designer Jan Tschichold redesigned their covers in 1949 he (literally) wrote the rule book on Penguin book covers. I’d love to collect some early Penguin books, as I’m sure we’ve already got some pretty old ones back home.

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Lately Penguin has been teaming up with amazing graphic artists to produce deluxe editions of classic novels. They recently released a “couture inspired” collection, three books with covers by super talented and acclaimed fashion illustrator Ruben Toledo. The collection includes Wuthering Heights, Pride and Prejudice and The Scarlet Letter. Try to read some feel-good happy ending type stories inbetween.

Covers for Wuthering Heights, The Scarlett Letter & Pride and Prejudice - illustrations by Ruben Toledo

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  1. design systems ftw!

  2. so true!

  3. me too! Have you seen the hard cover classics jacket covers by Coralie Bickford-Smith as well ? Those I have been collecting and love dearly. Nothing feels better than holding a beautiful hard-bound in your hands.

    great post!

  4. oh heres the link:,,9780141040363,00.html#

  5. hi lesley! thanks :) yes those are beautiful – my trouble is there are too many of them, and i want them all!

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