A history of classic book covers in 15 images

Dina Rickman@dinarickman
Sunday 08 March 2015 10:00
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Penguin is marking its eightieth birthday. To help celebrate, the publishers let i100.co.uk root through their archives to see how classic book covers have changed over time.

The Mysterious Affair at Styles (1935)

The Odyssey (1947)

Cover design by Robert Jonas

Serenade (1947)

Cover design by Robert Jonas

Strategy for Survival (1959)

Cover design by Erwin Fabian

Artificial Satellites (1960)

Cover design by John Griffiths

1984 (1962)

American Capitalism (1970)

Cover design by Fletcher/Forbes/Gill

Island (1966)

Cover by Ross Cramer

The Joyous Invasion (1967)

Science Fiction Omnibus (1973)

Absolute Beginners (1986)

Kinflicks (1984)

Illustration by Cathy Wyatt

Animal Farm (1998)

Sixty stories (2005)

Design by Vault 49

Little Black Classics (2015)

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