If you are a serious, or even casual, collector of Penguin books, or if you are just interested in their story, then some of these books may be of interest to you. This is my set of books about Penguin books. Here is the list, roughly in order of publication.
Books about Penguin
The Penguin Story (Penguin Q21, 1956)
Penguin Progress 1935-1960 (Penguin Q25, 1960)
Fifty Penguin Years (Penguin 1985)
A Rare Bird: Penguin Books in Australia 1946-1996 by Geoffrey Dutton (Penguin 1996)
In 1946, Bill Maynard and his wife were sent out from London to start up a proper Penguin Books Australia operation. A little later, Richard Lane, who had spent several years as a youth in Australia, and who had an Australian wife, also came out to Australia where he helped to extend the role of Penguin Australia. This book describes the foundation and expansion of Penguin Australia through its first fifty years.
The author was a well known Australian historian and writer.
Penguin by Design A Cover Story 1935-2005 by Phil Baines (Penguin 2005)
Seven Hundred Penguins (Penguin 2007)
Abram Games and Penguin Books by Naomi Games (Penguin collectors society 2013)
Lists of Penguins
Penguin Classified list 1960 (Penguin 1960)
Puffins for Children 1962 (Penguin 1962)
This book, presented anonymously, but with a preface by the then editor of Puffin Books, Kaye Webb, lists with a short description the current list of Puffin Story books, available in Australia in 1962.
A Checklist of the Puffin Picture Books (Penguin Collectors Society, 2010)
William Shakespeare in Penguin Books (Penguin Collectors Society, 2012)
This book documents the history of the publication of Shakespeare by Penguin in all forms and series, starting with the Penguin Shakespeare 'B' series, starting in 1937, the Pelican Shakespeare 'AB' series, the New Penguin Shakespeare 'NPS' series, the Penguin Popular Classics (0714 ISBN prefix) and the Penguin Shakespeare (0141 ISBN prefix) series, which started in 2005.
Pelican Books A1-A507 (1937-1960). 2nd edition (Dragonby press 1990)
The First Thousand Penguins: Penguin main series 1-1000 (Dragonby press 1991)
The Second Thousand Penguins: Penguin main series 1001-2000 (Dragonby press 1991)
Puffin Story Books PS1-PS148 (1941-1960) 2nd edition (Dragonby press 1996)
Books about Allan Lane
Allan Lane King Penguin by J E Morpurgo (Hutchinson 1979)
Allen Lane and the Penguin Editors 1935-1970 Edited by Steve Hare (Penguin 1995)
The Penguin Collectors Society announced the sudden and unexpected death of Steve Hare on Tuesday 10 March 2015. Steve was an officer of the Society for 22 years and his contribution both to the work of the Society and to the wider world of Penguin matters generally has been incalculable.
Penguin Special The Life and Times of Allen Lane by Jeremy Lewis (Penguin Viking 2005)
Penguin and the Lane Brothers by Stuart Kells (Black Ink 2015)
This book explores the lives of the three Lane brothers, with a special focus on Richard Lane, helped by access to his papers granted by his daughter to the author. The book explores the early life of the brothers, the hard years spent as a farm labourer by Richard Lane in his youth, and tries to dispel some of the myths created by and around Allan Lane, as the sole genius behind Penguin Books. Richard Lane's contribution is perhaps recognised here for the first time.