From The Library Of The Unsubscriber No.16, A Trio Of Penguin Progressives

Over the past few weeks I’ve written about those more progressive and experimental or psychedelic covers I have in my collection (herehere here) and so I wanted to carry on that theme a little longer with a trio of new acquisitions from the Penguin stable.

Penguin have long been a favourite SF publisher of mine and have boasted some of the finest covers I have ever seen by the likes of David Pelham, Franco Grignani and Alan Aldridge amongst many others. I rather luckily saw these three books in one evening whilst idly flicking through eBay on my trusty iPad and decided to pick them up as the prices were pleasingly low. They all seemed to fit in with this theme and so I thought I’d continue on with it and include them here for your viewing pleasure, let me know what you think in the comments as always.

Connoisseur’s S.F. edited by Tom Boardman
This version was published in 1964 by Penguin books
The cover artist is uncredited although the back cover states “The photograph on the cover is reproduced by permission of Esso Research”.

Connoisseur's S.F. edited by Tom Boardman

Deathworld by Harry Harrison
This version was published in 1964 by Penguin books
The cover shows Citron from a series of Celestial Physiognomies painted in 1952-57 by the Russian-born surrealist painter Pavel Tchelitchev.

Deathworld by Harry Harrison

Lambda I and Other Stories selected by John Carnell
This version was published in 1965 by Penguin books
The back cover states “The cover shows a detail from a painting, ‘Rassegna Medica’, by Giorgio Gondoni”.

Lambda I and Other Stories selected by John Carnell

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6 thoughts on “From The Library Of The Unsubscriber No.16, A Trio Of Penguin Progressives

  1. Bernie 29/07/2015 / 9:33 am

    This popped into my inbox the very moment I clicked “send” on my e-mail to you!! Weird!!

    I just love Penguin books, not actually got any recent ones, but back in the day they were always heavier than other publishers’ p/backs, being printed on slightly better paper stock, and they’d open so you could read right up to the inner margin without cracking the spine, quality production for sure.

    Oddly, despite these being “lazy” covers and with no relationship with the book I do like them, especially the Deathworld one, good choice my friend 🙂

    Take care, Bernie xxx

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    • unsubscriber 02/08/2015 / 3:54 pm

      Glad you enjoyed this one Bernie, always been a huge fan of the old Penguins too and these older copies do seem to have held together much better than some other books of the same vintage. Take care of yourself xxx

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  2. Lestaret 29/07/2015 / 9:42 am

    A good selection sir, Penguin often got it right with these types of cover, if only because they were using such excellent subject material in the first choice…

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    • unsubscriber 02/08/2015 / 3:55 pm

      Thanks for your comment Mr Lestaret, glad you enjoyed the covers.

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    • unsubscriber 02/08/2015 / 3:56 pm

      Thanks Joachim, great to hear so many folks enjoyed these covers.

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