Jules Burt

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Charlotte's Web by E.B.White published by Puffin in 1963. Great illustrations!

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson-Burnett, published in 1952. Beautiful wrap around jacket.

Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll. Published as a Puffin Story Book in 1948. Amazing cover design! I have been really enjoying going through my Puffin Story Books this week and have got a big pile to share over the next few days.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. First published in this Puffin edition in1946.

The first three Penguins - the start of a new series where I will chronicle Penguin's main series, in numerical order. Three or more at a time. These are numbers 1 - 3 from 1935.

The first ten Penguins in facsimile form, published for the company's 50th anniversary in 1985.

A rarity from 1916, a film tie-in to the British propaganda film The Battle of the Somme. Filled with photos and even a map, this paperback is astounding!

The first book in the Flashman series by George MacDonald Fraser as published in the UK by Herbert Jenkins in 1969.

The full set of UK 1st editions for Anthony Powell's A Dance to the Music of Time. Published by Heinemann between 1951 and 1975. Truly beautiful.

A Book of Greek Coins, King Penguin, published 1952. Exquisitely designed, truly a masterpiece.

Re-arranging the collection yesterday to make more room for some main series titles. It's meant that some lesser series are domoted to on top of my bookcases. Next step, into the loft to join the Pelicans.

A fantastic new edition of Crime and Punishment with this striking jacket by Mihail Chemiakin.

Another beautiful Puffin Picture Book. This one from 1944. A story with activities as well. A real classic.

Another beautiful Puffin Picture Book, first published in 1962.

The Intelligent Heart - The Story of D. H. Lawrence by Harry T. Moore. Main series Penguin Biography 1514, published 1960. This copy with a rare date stamped review slip asking not to publish any reviews before Dec 15th 1960. Never seen one of these before.

Massacre by Siné, main series 2553, published 1966. Do you like these videos?

Penguin Books by the colours. ...15 seconds isn't enough to show you them all!

How to identify a first Penguin edition! It's easy! Many collectors just want 1st Penguin editions and not the reprints. The first editions are generally more valuable, particularly the wartime releases with small initial print runs.

1984 by George Orwell through the ages....

The Penguin Story, published in 1956. Three copies shown, my reading copy, a mint copy in Penguin mailer, with compliment card and my, well used, checklist copy!

Double volumes! Here is Penguins 99 + 100 from 1937 together with the one volume edition from 1948.

Some later Penguin Specials from the early 1940's.

The first seven Penguin Specials from 1937.

Magic Books From Mexico by C. A. Burland. King Penguin K64, published 1953. Widely regarded as one of the finest in the series, absolutely exquisite throughout. I would love @penguinukbooks to publish a facsimile of this one.

The Penguin Handbook of First Aid by A. C. White Knox & J. E. F. Gueritz. PH39, published 1961.

Here are two American wartime Penguins; published by The Infantry Journal in conjunction with Penguin Books USA. Both are Fighting Forces Penguin Specials, Psychology for the Fighting Man and Island Victory, numbered S212 + S240, published 1944. These fascinating titles offer a glimpse at the American Penguin operation in the closing stages of the war. These books were issued to troops on their way to the Pacific theatre. Their compact size was so they could fit comfortably in a soldiers pants pocket. Invariably, copies that do turn up are usually hammered but these two are especially nice examples.

"Love Me Do" The Beatles Progress by Michael Braun. Main series 2278, published 1964. Great book with lots of photographs I've not seen before.

The Penguin Hansard volumes 1 to 6, the complete series. Published between 1940 and 1942, these books chronicle the early years of the war by reporting on all official Parliamentary debates.

The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie. Main series crime 683, published 1948. Part of a series of ten issued at the same time.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary by Dr. M. R. James. Main series fiction 91, published 1937.