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Penguin Collectors Society

About Our Publications

The Penguin Collectors Society publishes each year two issues of The Penguin Collector and in most years one or more special publications. Copies of each year’s publications are supplied to all annual members and to universities taking part in the bursary scheme.

The special publications have over the years covered a wide range of aspects of Penguin books, their history, their editing, their design, their marketing, and the people who made Penguin an outstanding cultural phenomenon. Many are the result of original research, others draw on material presented at Study Days, and some have reprinted earlier texts of special interest.

The most important is The Penguin Companion, now in its third edition, which provides an introduction and a guide to all of the contents of The Penguin Collector and the special publications, and to the Penguin history that they tell.

Special publications in 2015/16 have anthologised articles on Penguin books by the late Steve Hare, described Penguin’s 1960s and 1970s publications of short series of books on Africa, provided a detailed history and bibliography of the publication by Penguin of George Simenon’s Maigret novels, and reprinted works by and about Hans Schmoller, marking the centenary of his birth.