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Friday’s Library Snapshot

August 16, 2013

The first two King Penguin Book s; British Birds and the the Book of Roses were published in 1939 and sold for one shilling (5p).  In 1959 due to rising production costs; the Sculpture of the Parthenon  bought the series to an end.

Allen Lane inspired by illustrated works produced by the German publisher Insel, he said the aim of King Penguin is different.  It was not to be connected with the public’s growing appreciation of art; but more to appeal to the general liking of illustrated keepsakes of special interest.  Pursuing, niche subjects like the Bayeux Tapestry,  Ballooning, a Book of lilies, etc.  

It would seem that his vision was not unfounded; King Penguins remain very collectible and and readily available still  at good prices 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 16, 2013 3:26 pm

    Quite fascinating and delightful to look at too.

    I’ve been dusting my bookshelves; hundreds of books on what seems to be miles of shelves. Not a job to be hurried, and I’ve come across some gems I’d forgotten we’d collected, as well as many inherited from family members since Victorian times. I’m beginning to feel I’m in some kind of Aladdin’s cave.

    • August 16, 2013 3:31 pm

      My collection is not so old … but growing but I am hoping it will be kept complete; I wonder if my children will consider it to be an Aladdin’s Cave

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