Pretty Books from Penguin

by Anna Blanch on June 15, 2010

Aren’t these pretty?

Coralie Bickford-Smith has designed these book covers for Penguin Classics! Coralie describes these books:

“All the books in this series have patterns that adhere to a strict grid…we set up mood boards of visual ideas – textures, ornaments, objects, colours, all inspired by themes from the stories or by the period, or just the novel’s atmosphere…”

They are available from Penguin’s US site here and many others only available in the UK or via the web.


Anna M Blanch is founder of Goannatree, and a PhD candidate in the Institute of Theology, Imagination, and the Arts, University of St Andrews, Scotland. She like books. Especially pretty books.

  • Larry

    "You can't tell a book by its cover." But perhaps this helps and perhaps it just may lead us inside. 🙂

    Thanks for the post.

  • Lauren

    Oooh. I like those very much. Too bad my current income dictates that most of my library is built from cheap books at the Waco Friends of the Library sale!

  • goannatree

    Aren't they great. On the facebook post for this post there's been some discussion about appreciating the photo of the spines as fabric and how lovely images of the books as fabric might look as a quilt! They are certainly special and I hope we see more of these kind of cover and book design in the future.

  • Pearl Harrison

    As a quilter, these certainly make me think fabric.

  • Goannatree

    i am so looking forward to taking some time to sew and make with my hands! I made a brooch today with a fabric flower!

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