The evolution of the Pelican cover, from the 1930s through the 1980s, presented HERE by Things Magazine. Note: It didn’t really get exciting until the 1960s. Peace, love, and Pelican.
Some of my favorites:
Thanks so much to @AquaVelvet for clueing me in to this great collection via Twitter.
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Tagged 1960s, blue, book cover design, books, covers, design, literature, Pelican, Pelican Project, penguin, printing, psychology, Things Magazine, Vintage
It’s pretty unnecessary to state that I was supremely excited to receive the following Pelican 1969 edition of R.D. Laing’s Divided Self last week. In fact, I posted an image of a very similar edition last month and drooled over the cover design.
If all book covers were as cool as this, I probably wouldn’t mind that they’re strewn all over/next to/around my desk. And couch. And bed. And life.
And here are the covers of a couple of my old stand-bys: two texts by Alfred de Vigny from the 19th century. Stello (1832) and the play Chatterton (1835), which I’m currently translating into English.
These Garnier-Flammarion paperbacks from 1984 (Stello) and 1968 (Chatterton) are the first copies I ever purchased of each text. I now own three versions of Stello and four of Chatterton. You could say I love them.
Here’s another Stello paperback (Garnier 1970), frolicking next to Laing:
Yellows and blues and greens throughout the whole lot. Conspiracy?
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Tagged 1830s, 19th century, academia, Alfred de Vigny, blue, Chatterton, design, dissertation, Divided Self, France, French, French literature, Garnier, Garnier-Flammarion, green, literature, Pelican, PhD, R. D. Laing, Stello, translation, Vigny, Vintage, yellow