Penguin Collectors Society


Allen Lane The Penguin Collectors Society was founded in 1973 by a small group of enthusiasts meeting in Richmond, Surrey; today there are over 500 members worldwide.

We study twentieth-century book design, particularly Penguin Books, and help to preserve and conserve Penguin Books and material relating to Penguin, and ensure the ready availability of that material for present and future research.

Actually collecting Penguin Books is not, of course, a prerequisite for membership. Any enthusiast for the good book design, typography, illustration and writing with which Penguin Books have been associated since 1935 will find something of interest here.

Latest News

Penguin Collector 87

Penguin Collector 87 was published on 1 December 2016. It includes information about the 2017 Annual Meeting, which will be held at the weekend of 22-24 September, with the AGM itself on Saturday 23 September 2017, in The Higgins, Bedford, 50 miles north of London. There will be a special display of the gallery’s Edward Bawden collection, and a lecture on Bawden and Noel Carrington by Joe Pearson. Full details will be provided in Collector 88.

The Society’s Annual Meeting 2016

The Society’s 43rd Annual Meeting took place in Sheffield in September 2016. Nearly 50 people attended one or other part of the programme.

The AGM itself took place at Showroom Workstation, a centre for cultural activities in the centre of the city. The programme also included a pub supper on the Friday evening and an informal Penguin dinner on the Saturday, and some members took the opportunity also to visit the big York Book Fair. Throughout, the talk was of Penguin books, their qualities, their peculiarities, their designs, and their unique position in the history of British publishing. For the information of our members and other attendees, the AGM included a display of all of the Peacock Books, and books and documents owned by the late Tanya Schmoller, including Hans Schmoller’s design work on Twenty Five Years, Penguin’s 1960 anniversary volume. The AGM, after its formal business, heard updates on the activities of the Society. They included the award of postgraduate bursaries, a successful visit to the National Art Collection at the V&A, progress with designing a new website and an appearance on social media, the acquisition (jointly with the University of Bristol) of part of the Schmoller archive material, and past and future publications.

In pursuit of the Society’s goals, the Society organizes visits for those interested in the design, content and history of books and attendees of the AGM were charmed by the prospect of another visit in London currently being planned for the spring 2017

New Publications

Hans Schmoller, Typographer: His Life and Work

This is a facsimile reproduction of the April 1987 special issue of The Monotype Recorder, designed by Jerry Cinamon, which appeared following Hans’s death in September 1985. Lavishly illustrated throughout with samples of Hans’s work, it contains appreciations by many of his colleagues at Penguin – Oliver Caldecott, John Curtis, Dieter Pevsner, Kaye Webb and others – as well as articles by Jerry Cinamon, John Trevitt, Jonathan Gili and Nicolas Barker. The letter which accompanied the original issue described Schmoller as ‘one of the most influential typographers of this century. His work for Penguin Books for some thirty years … has left a legacy that is still being drawn on by many typographers today.’

29.7 × 21.0 cms, sewn paperback, 64 pages, 121 illustrations

Price: £10.00

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