Books should be beautiful objects. Thanks to the aesthetically-minded folks at Penguin, here are two series that are worth your attention.
Penguin Drop Caps is a series of twenty-six collectible hardcover editions of fine works of literature, each featuring on its cover a specially commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet by type designer Jessica Hische. A collaboration between Jessica Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, whose series design encompasses a rainbow-hued spectrum across all twenty-six books.
It is difficult to choose a favorite, but I am partial to the volume for the letter “C” because my first name begins with that letter; because, in the words of literary critic H. L. Mencken, “No romantic novel ever written in America, by man or woman, is one half so beautiful as My Ántonia“; and because the color orange, which evokes autumn, harvest time, sunsets, and citrus groves, has always appealed to me – combining “the energy of red and the happiness of yellow,” it “increases oxygen supply to the brain, produces an invigorating effect, and stimulates mental activity.”
With splendid packaging created by acclaimed designer Coralie Bickford-Smith, Penguin Hardcover Classics presents beautiful editions the world’s favorite books. Featuring gorgeous patterns stamped on linen cases, colored endpapers, and ribbon markers, these are rich and sumptuous volumes that continue what will be one of the most coveted sets of books ever produced.