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Postcards From Penguin: 100 Book Jackets in One Box [Anglais] [Cartes]

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10 octobre 2011 PRESS NF PB
A collection of 100 postcards, each featuring a different and iconic Penguin book jacket. From classics to crime, here are over seventy years of quintessentially British design in one box.In 1935 Allen Lane stood on a platform at Exeter railway station, looking for a good book for the journey to London. His disappointment at the poor range of paperbacks on offer led him to found Penguin Books. The quality paperback had arrived.Declaring that 'good design is no more expensive than bad', Lane was adamant that his Penguin paperbacks should cost no more than a packet of cigarettes, but that they should always look distinctive. Ever since then, from their original - now world-famous - look featuring three bold horizontal stripes, through many different stylish, inventive and iconic cover designs, Penguin's paperback jackets have been a constantly evolving part of Britain's culture. And whether they're for classics, crime, reference or prize-winning novels, they still follow Allen Lane's original design mantra.Sometimes, you definitely should judge a book by its cover.

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  • Cartes: 100 pages
  • Editeur : Penguin; Édition : Box Pos (10 octobre 2011)
  • Collection : PRESS NF PB
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0141044667
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141044668
  • Dimensions du produit: 17 x 11,7 x 6,4 cm
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ravie de cet achat! 6 avril 2014
Par ldubois
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Envoi rapide. Colis en parfait état. Rien à dire. La sublime typographie de ces cartes vintage ravira tous les amoureux des formes et des belles lettres.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 parfait 15 février 2013
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Produit de très bonne qualité dans une jolie boîte. Je suis très satisfaite de ces cartes que j'avais vues sur les sites de DIY en déco.
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 largely repetitive, rarely iconic covers -- doesn't do Penguin justice 10 février 2011
Par Timothy McCormick - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I saw "Postcards from Penguin" at a bookstore, and as a longtime reader of Penguin paperbacks, I wanted to like this set; but on closer inspection, I found it to be strikingly... monotonous.

The book description promises "100 postcards, each featuring a different and iconic Penguin book jacket," but this is not borne out by looking closer. In fact, a very large portion of all covers are nearly the same, a few basic templates with just the title & author names changed. In this dreary expanse, you thrill to see any graphic element, *anything* that departs from the template. I find it puzzling, actually, that the publishers could put together such a large collection with so *little* visual interest. I had the feeling that if I bought this set, I'd end up discarding half or two-thirds of the cards, because they wouldn't be interesting enough to send to anyone nor keep for myself.

The Penguin design schemes excelled (excel?) at separating the Penguin line from contemporaneous paperbacks, and at unifying all titles in its line, but lined up, many of them look exactly the same. I'd say, pass on this postcard set, unless you have particular nostalgia for certain covers, or perhaps you are playing witty games with your friends by sending them cards with insinuating book titles. Or, you might be thinking Pop Art, wishing to frame a grid of the cards, all the same except for the small change in title -- like Andy Warhol's Campbell soup cans. That could work.

If you look at surveys of Penguin's design, such as Phil Baines' "Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005", you see that Penguin's design work was rather more diverse and creative than shown in these cards, which seem to largely reproduce Penguin covers from the 1940s' and 50's. Illustration, full color, and photography, in addition to typography, arrived at some point, and the Penguin line branched into alternately-designed lines such as Penguin Classics, with their now-famous pairings of book title with fine-art reproduction. Also distinguished by creative design were King Penguins, Penguin Great Ideas, and Pocket Penguins.

Note, this is only discussing covers (wrappers). A key aspect of Penguin's design quality over time has been the disciplined interior typography, first established and systematized by the Germany designer and typographer Jan Tschichold in the early 1940's. This was state of the art, the kind of discrete design work that helps the artifact work well, read well, and subtly convey a sense of quality and trustworthiness, without necessarily being noticed per se by readers. But, no matter, here we're reviewing the postcards, which only show covers.

So, take a close look at this if you're thinking of buying, and ask whether it's really the design showcase it claims to be. Phil Baines' book "Penguin by Design: A Cover Story 1935-2005" may be your better bet to really see Penguin's design achievements. Or you might have a local used or new bookstore that has a Penguin / pocket books-only section -- it's not so uncommon -- where you could survey the real thing.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 More bang for your buck 6 novembre 2010
Par L. Prestoza - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Most of the book covers printed in these postcards are vintage covers. Some of the covers are plain while others are downright bizarre. I don't get why Penguin back in the days chose book covers that do not relate to the story whatsoever but one of my theories is that they just wanted to confound their readers enough so they would buy their copies again and again. The titles range from the mundane such as "Keeping Poultry and Rabbits on Scraps" by Claude Goodchild to the iconic "A Clockwork Orange" by Anthony Burgess.

This product would definitely appeal to bibliophiles and book cover aficionados. The postcards showcase the evolution of Penguin styles. It's pretty interesting to see the penguin in every Penguin book change in appearance over the years.

I'm a member of a site that sends postcards around the world, so if you send postcards as a hobby, this product is for you. It's way cheaper than buying postcard books.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Trip down memory lane 27 septembre 2010
Par Steven R. McEvoy - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Some of my fondest memories are of time spent haunting used bookstores searching for good reads. One thing that always drew my attention was the distinctive covers of Penguin books; I always knew they would be good books at a great price. This collection states: "In 1935 Allen Lane stood on a platform at Exeter railway station, looking for a good book for the journey to London. His disappointment at the poor range of paperbacks on offer led him to found Penguin Books. The quality paperback had arrived."

Declaring that 'good design is no more expensive than bad', Lane was adamant that his Penguin paperbacks should cost no more than a packet of cigarettes, but that they should always look distinctive. Those distinctive covers are known around the world. This collection was walking through a history of my own love of books. I had read 27 of the 100 books in this collection and 23 of them with these covers. It is a wonderful collection for any booklover.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Overly worth it! 16 octobre 2010
Par Cailny - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I just love these and for the amazon price, they are a total steal. You're getting a ton of postcards of book covers here and although they are simple, they are awesome. Some are kind of plain, while some have more illustrated covers but there are some really famous titles in here as well as some funny ones. Very cute and chic!
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Disappointing 17 juin 2013
Par Michelle - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Again, I was looking forward to receiving these postcards, but they are not very interesting.
Many have basically the same artwork.
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