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The Pelican Project

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:

1943

1945

1960

1962

1962

1963

1964

1966

1967

1972

1972

1974

Thanks so much to @AquaVelvet for clueing me in to this great collection via Twitter.

Design on my desk.

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?