London and New York: Penguin Books, 1947. First Edition. Boards. Near Fine. Former owner's signature and date;1947 on ff. 12mo (5 x 7.25 inches). Illustrated boards not issued with DW, thus complete. Pp. 56. Illustrated text and dozens of wood engravings. Text printed by Edmund Evans, Ltd. Blocks made by John Swain & Son, Ltd. London. Cover designed by William Grimmond.
Introduced during the outbreak of W.W.II, and written by noted authorities of the day, the King Penguins were elegantly designed and produced miniature hardbacks on subjects ranging from the historical icons of British culture, the fine and decorative arts, natural history to book arts and design. Based on the Insel-Bucherie series first published in Leipzig in 1912, these collectible King Penguin books are regarded as fine achievements of twentieth century book design and color printing. Near Fine. Item #6845