Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Vintage Penguin Covers on Flickr

Mathematician's Delight by W. W. Sawyer (Pelican 1946). Cover by Robert Jonas. A playful illustration of math that makes a dry subject sound fun. Via grll8trax.

The Comforters by Muriel Spark (Penguin 1963). Cover illustration by Terence Greer. Great cover illustration - you get a sense of what the character portrayed is like at a glance. Via grrl8trax.

Zuleika Dobson by Max Beerbohm (Penguin 1961). Cover illustration by George Him. Charming illustration that's a perfect complement to the tone of the novel. Via jonathan229.

A Horse and His Boy by C.S. Lewis (Puffin 1976). Cover and inside illustrations by Pauline Baynes. I read these versions of the Narnia novels when I was small, and loved the illustrations by Baynes - elegant, with a medieval flavour to them. Via scatterkeir.

As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner (Penguin 1963) Cover illustration by Andre Francois. Interesting perspective, and nice details, too - look closely at the feet of the mourners. Via letslookupandsmile.

Animal Farm
by George Orwell (Penguin 1967). Cover illustration by Paul Hogarth. This cover really captures the menacing tone of the novel in a simple but effective style. Via letslookupandsmile.

Gardening for Australians
by R.T.M. Prescott (Penguin 1965). Cover design by Robin Wallace-Crabbe. Elegant and interesting approach - so many other publishers would have simply stuck a photo of something green and leafy on the front. Via letslookupandsmile.

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