Penguin's Drop Caps Classics

Friday, 8 February 2013

I love a good Penguin book collection, don't you? Their latest (which was just released in Australia last week) is no exception. Titled Drop Caps, this new range of classic titles features a different letter of the alphabet on each cover. The series includes twenty-six (obviously) hardback classics adorned with a specially-commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet created by typography extraordinaire Jessica Hische.

The series was inspired by the timeless tradition and craft of letters, and Jessica collaborated with Penguin's US art director Paul Buckley to create the rainbow-coloured covers. The series has debuted with letters A–F, and so far includes Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, My Antonia by Willa Cather, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, Middlemarch by George Eliot and Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert.

I love that not only are the different covers colour coordinated (achieving a rainbow effect when lined up on a bookhself), but that the edges of the internal pages are also coloured to match each cover. So much attention to detail here! Coming up with a specially-comissioned series like this is a pretty genius idea, because it means book and design nerds will want to collect the whole lot! I'm admittedly not even a huge fan of classic literature, but I can't resist a lovely hardback, and can't wait to see the rest of the collection. The first six books are available now through Penguin in Australia and the US (as well as the usual places), and you can also take a look at the books on Jessica's website. And on that note, happy reading and have a happy weekend!


  1. i like how you always manage to pull together beautiful illustration works on your blog. these are just as pretty as the rest of your posts. thanks for sharing them.


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