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Penguin releases new range of classics, Drop Caps

Penguin has released a new range of classics, with each book’s cover displaying a different letter of the alphabet.

Drop Caps is a series of 26 hardback classics, each featuring on its cover a specially commissioned illustrated letter of the alphabet by US Type Directors Club member Jessica Hische. The designer collaborated with Penguin US art director Paul Buckley to create ‘a rainbow-hued spectrum across all 26 books’ in the series, Penguin told Books+Publishing.

Elda Rotor, associate publisher and editorial director of Penguin Classics US, said the series is ‘inspired by typography—its beauty and its power of expression’. ‘With Penguin Drop Caps, we are inspired by the timeless tradition and craft of letters and their endless capacity to communicate.’

The series debuted with an ‘A’ for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a ‘B’ for Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, a ‘C’ for Willa Cather’s My Ántonia, a ‘D’ for Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations, an ‘E’ for George Eliot’s Middlemarch, and an ‘F’ for Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary. All six titles are now available in Australia and are priced at $24.95. Details for further titles are yet to be released.

To view the first six designs, visit the Penguin website here.



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