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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

3 from Seven Hundred Penguins

For book design geeks like us, it doesn't get any better than the recently published Seven Hundred Penguins.

I won't turn this into the Seven Hundred Penguins blog, but I will occasionally take some photos and post them here (yes, scans would be nicer, but this book is *not* getting smushed onto my scanner). I needed a good laugh today, and all of these brought a smile to my face.

Photograph by Tony Palladino (1968)


Photograph by Brian Worth
Design by Brian E. Rockett (1967)



Design by Erwin Fabian (1960)

3 comments:

Ian Shimkoviak said...

I'm smiling too. This is good stuff. Axe works well and could even be a very nice contemporary cover with the proper photography or illustration. The rest of these are dated as hell, but the concepts are fun.

Penguin did a few titles like the Penguin Car Handbook—where they used their logo as a sort of mascot that was actually doing the deed on the cover.

Funny stuff.

Troy said...

I think we can all agree that Self-Defense is the Best Cover of All Time!

Johnny said...

Great post. I've got the Honor Blackman book, which is worth it for the cover alone!