The Penguin Collectors Society is an educational charity with the objects of encouraging and promoting the study of Penguin Books and of conserving historical material in institutions available to researchers.
First published in 1935, Penguins rapidly became a force for cultural good on a par with the BBC or, later, the Open University. Penguins, Pelicans (non-fiction), Puffins (for children) and many other series fed a popular appetite for good reading, attractively packaged and cheap. Penguin today remains part of one of the world’s largest publishers. The Society’s members, numbering around 400 worldwide, are Penguin’s keenest students – and collectors.
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From the Penguin donkey to the Penguincubator, the subject of book display whether for sale or in one's own home, has exercised the mind of book lovers over the decades. Browsing Pinterest there are no end of ideas showing displays past and present; from libraries to tiny spaces, the grand to the ingenious. Display shelves for bookshops have an interesting history ... Read more
There will be a talk on the art of the Puffin Book Club at the House of Illustration at 7pm on March 23rd 2017. For information and ticket links ... Read more
A quick round up of information gleaned from the internet that might be helpful to all those looking to increase their knowledge of all things Penguin.
Firstly, for all those interested in Book Fairs ... Read more
The Society's Annual Meeting in 2017 will be held from Friday 22 September to Sunday 24 September in Bedford.
Full details will be provided in Collector 88 but as a taste ... Read more
Applications for the 2016-17 bursary open on 1 October and the award will be made in April 2017. Read more