Source: University of Stirling Archives and Special Collections (Mitchell Collection)
Title: Selection of Penguin Books
Date: 20th Century
Description: Priced at sixpence – the same as a pack of cigarettes – the first Penguins appeared in the summer of 1935. A copy of the first one hundred titles and more are held in the Stirling collection. The colour of the jacket indicated the content: blue for biography, green for crime and mystery, pink for adventure travel, and yellow for essays; but it is orange for fiction that we know and love best. Each book also had a number, which enhances their collectability today.
These items form part of the University of Stirling ‘Treaures’ exhibition