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Postcards From Penguin: 100 Book Jackets in One Box [Cards]

Penguin
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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Book Description

22 April 2014 Postcards

A collection of 100 postcards, each featuring a different and iconic Penguin book jacket. From classics to crime, here are over seventy years of quintessentially British design in one box.

In 1935 Allen Lane stood on a platform at Exeter railway station, looking for a good book for the journey to London. His disappointment at the poor range of paperbacks on offer led him to found Penguin Books. The quality paperback had arrived.

Declaring that 'good design is no more expensive than bad', Lane was adamant that his Penguin paperbacks should cost no more than a packet of cigarettes, but that they should always look distinctive.

Ever since then, from their original - now world-famous - look featuring three bold horizontal stripes, through many different stylish, inventive and iconic cover designs, Penguin's paperback jackets have been a constantly evolving part of Britain's culture. And whether they're for classics, crime, reference or prize-winning novels, they still follow Allen Lane's original design mantra.

Sometimes, you definitely should judge a book by its cover.


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Product details

  • Cards: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Box Pos edition (22 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141044667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141044668
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 11.7 x 6.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,549 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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52 of 52 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this set of Penguin postcards as a gift for a writer friend of mine - a lover of both books and pretty stationery. She was massively pleased with the gift and we whiled away some time over coffee sifting through the set.

Each card is different, unlike most sets of cards where you get multiples of a set number of designs. You get a pleasing variety of designs, the majority being of the classic Penguin style, but also covering a few Puffin covers, and a good selection from the 60s, where the firm broke into more abstract designs.

Good value for money even at the RRP.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 12 Mar 2010
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Bought as a gift for a fan of design - he loved it! Should have bought two - one to keep, one to share - and may yet do so!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great box set 15 Mar 2011
By Lizzy R
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A great product for those who still like to write post cards, or design lovers who simply want to keep the collection in order to admire the history of the design of Penguin book covers - my recommendation would be to buy two sets - one to keep and one to send!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool! 2 April 2010
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This set of postcards is amazing! I love the different colours and book covers :) Definitely worth the price. Nice to keep or send.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars P-P-P-Pick up a Penguin postcard pronto! 4 Jan 2012
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Superb collection of 100 lovingly printed postcards featuring cover designs from a host of classic Penguin novelisations. From A Clockwork Orange to The Great Gatsby, from The Lord of the Flies to Man and Superman, this is an astoundingly brilliant idea, and comes in a re-usable presentation box. Vive le postcard!
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Your own Home Design Museum 25 Feb 2010
By Hywel James TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This box of 100 postcards illustrating a range of Penguin Books paperback covers from the late 1930's up to the 1970's (will a further box of more recent covers appear?) is terrific and effectively offers a museum of design for your own home! The high standards of work maintained by the company and the designers it employed throughout are impressive. It is good to see that, for the most part, the individual designers are identified although the person who devised the original characteristic horizontal white and orange division, the first Production Manager, Edward Young, is not credited as far as I can tell. However later designers and illustrators are named, such as Jan Tschichold, Stephen Russ, Germano Facetti, Romek Marber, Denise York, Alan Spain and Alan Aldridge.

Highly recommended. But which of these great postcards will you ever want to part with?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great gift with incredible quality and value 12 Jun 2011
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I have bought 2 of these as gifts and the receivers LOVED them. The quality is terrific. I ordered and it arrived in 2 days! Highly recommend this for anyone who loved Penguin books as a kid.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic quality and original postcards 17 Oct 2011
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These postcards come packaged in a lovely box which can be used after the postcards have been all used up (this will take some time). They are wonderfully original and are include wide range of penguin books. They are the normal A5 size and made of wonderfully strong card. They make a great gift or for personal use.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Postcards
These were a gift for a 'book club pal'. A lovely idea and a good talking point. 100 different well known book covers. Loved them.
Published 1 month ago by CH
5.0 out of 5 stars good variety and nice quality
We bought these to use as placecards at our wedding and they went down really well, there is a good variety and they are nice quality, can't really say anything bad about them!
Published 1 month ago by Rachel Farr
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE IT!
gorgeous, good quality and of the appropriate thickness that does not make it look cheap and flimsy like some postcards do. An authentic Penguin product that I am proud of. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Aderline Cher
4.0 out of 5 stars Postcards from Penguin
Great collection and excellent for sending competitions in on.
Has book jackets that you will remember from school/college and the library etc.
Published 2 months ago by Spirit24
5.0 out of 5 stars Top quality postcards
These are AMAZING! I bought them to use for work events, and they've been a hit with everyone. Everyone has commented on the interesting covers, they've started conversations about... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful cards
Beautifully presented box of iconic Penguin book covers. Some wonderfully recondite/barmy covers too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for a big picture
I intend on creating a giant picture using these postcards which will be colourful and fun. There are loads to chose from.
Published 4 months ago by sharcl
4.0 out of 5 stars Iconic cards!
I bought these cards as I had seen someone make a picture collage with them and wanted to do it myself. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Miss R Hodges
5.0 out of 5 stars Bargin RSVPs
Had the idea of using postcards as RSVPs for wedding invites as much cheaper than the 3+ wedding stationary option. Found these which make a much unique quirky RSVP. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hayley Harvey
5.0 out of 5 stars Postcards galore
Think they are excellent value and some really unique covers - perfect for my English classroom. One colleague saw them and immediately went and ordered them.
Published 6 months ago by Mary B
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