|Penguin Donkey Mark 2 (designed 1963)|
|6a, one of the harder to |
Either way, there are a number of vintage Penguins I have never seen at any price and it was this that brought me to Bristol during my recent trip to England. Allen Lane, the founder of Penguin Books, was born and raised in Bristol, and its University now houses the Penguin archive in a few small rooms in the basement of its Arts and Social Sciences Library. Visits are possible for 'bona-fide readers', and it took only a few emails and some ID to secure the necessary agreement of Penguin, and an appointment to browse the collection.
|Image source: The Penguin |
Collector June 2011
It was a lovely way to spend a morning. We were free to browse through all the books, boxes and boxes of original correspondence with the authors, old lists of Penguin publications, and original advertising. We only had to ask and it was placed before us.
The archive is currently preparing an exhibition, and some of its highlights will be on display at Bristol's Royal West of England Academy from 10 March 2012 as part of Penguin Parade. (Photos of the exhibition on flickr)
And photos of my favourite items are here.