Publisher SeriesKing Penguin Books


British Birds on Lake, River and Stream by Phyllis Barclay-Smith 24 copies1
A Book of Roses by J. RAMSBOTTOM 21 copies, 1 review2
A Book of Ships by Charles Mitchell 11 copies, 1 review3
Portraits of Christ by Ernst Kitzinger 14 copies4
Caricature by E. H. Gombrich 37 copies5
British Shells by F. Martin Duncan 9 copies6
Fashions and Fashion Plates, 1800 - 1900 by James Laver 19 copies7
Elizabethan Miniatures by Carl Winter 48 copies8
The Microcosm of London by Thomas Rowlandson 47 copies9
The Bayeux Tapestry by Eric Robert Dalrymple Maclagan 105 copies, 1 review10
Fishes of Britain's Rivers and Lakes by J. R. Norman 8 copies11
The Poet's Corner by Max Beerbohm 41 copies, 1 review12
Edible Fungi by John Ramsbottom 29 copies, 2 reviews13
A Book of Lilies by Fred Stoker 7 copies14
Seashore Life and Pattern by T. A. Stephenson 13 copies, 1 review15
Children as Artists by R.R. Tomlinson 22 copies16
The Leaves of Southwell by Nikolaus Pevsner 48 copies17
Some British Moths by Norman Riley 9 copies18
Garden Birds by Phyllis Barclay-Smith 25 copies, 1 review19
English Ballet by Janet Leeper 35 copies20
Popular English Art by Noel Carrington 14 copies21
Heraldry in England by Anthony Wagner 82 copies22
Poisonous Fungi by John Ramsbottom 33 copies, 2 reviews23
Birds of the Sea by R. M. Lockley 12 copies24
Ur: The First Phases by Leonard Woolley 49 copies, 2 reviews25
A Book of Toys by Gwen White 13 copies, 1 review26
Flowers of Marsh and Stream by Iolo Aneurin Williams 17 copies, 1 review27
A Book of English Clocks by R. W. Symonds 29 copies28
Flowers of the Woods by E. J. Salisbury 14 copies29
Wood Engravings By Thomas Bewick by John Rayner 49 copies30
English Book Illustration, 1800 - 1900 by Philip James 44 copies31
Russian icons by David Talbot Rice 46 copies33
The English tradition in design by John Gloag 29 copies34
A Book of Spiders by W. S. Bristowe 31 copies35
Ballooning by C. H. Gibbs-Smith 17 copies, 1 review36
Wild Flowers of the Chalk by John Gilmour 26 copies37
Compliments of the Season by Leopold David Ettlinger 25 copies38
Woodcuts of Albrecht Durer by T.D. Barlow 43 copies39
Edward Gordon Craig Designs For The Theatre. The King Penguin Books Number 40. by Janet Leeper 19 copies, 1 review40
British Butterflies. King Penguin No. 41 by E. B. Ford 3 copies41
British Military Uniforms by James Laver 37 copies, 1 review42
A Prospect of Wales by Gwyn Jones 20 copies43
Tulipomania by Wilfrid Blunt 20 copies44
Unknown Westminster Abbey by Lawrence E. Tanner 15 copies45
Highland Dress by George F. Collie 38 copies46
A Book of Scripts by Alfred Fairbank 205 copies, 1 review48
Popular Art in the United States by Erwin Ottomar Christensen 15 copies50
Life in an English Village by Noel Carrington 18 copies51
The Isle of Wight by Barbara Jones 16 copies52
Flowers of the Meadow by Geoffrey Grigson 18 copies53
Greek Terracottas by T. B. L. Webster 37 copies54
Romney Marsh by John Piper 19 copies55
Early British Railways by Christian Barman 14 copies, 2 reviews56
A Book of Mosses by Paul Richards 29 copies, 1 review57
A Book of Ducks by Phyllis Barclay-Smith 19 copies, 1 review58
Ackermann's Cambridge by Reginald Ross Williamson 29 copies59
The Crown Jewels by Oliver Warner 17 copies60
An Atlas of Tudor England and Wales by John Speed 40 copies61
Medieval Carvings in Exeter Cathedral by C J P Cave 15 copies62
A Book of Greek Coins by Charles Seltman 26 copies63
Magic Books From Mexico by C. A. Burland 20 copies, 1 review64
Semi-Precious Stones by Nora Wooster 24 copies65
Birds of La Plata by W. H. Hudson 24 copies, 1 review66
Mountain Birds by R. A. H. Coombes 8 copies67
Animals in Staffordshire Pottery by Bernard Rackham 10 copies68
Ackermann's Oxford by H. M. Colvin 30 copies69
The Diverting History of John Gilpin by William Cowper 57 copies, 1 review70
Egyptian Paintings by Nina M. Davies 9 copies71
Misericords: Medieval Life in English Woodcarving by M. D. Anderson 37 copies72
The Picture of Cricket by John Arlott 8 copies73
Woodland Birds by Phyllis Barclay-Smith 10 copies74
Monumental brasses by James Mann 26 copies75
The Sculpture of the Parthenon by P. E. Corbett 33 copies76

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The King Penguins were a 76-volume series published by Penguin between 1939 and 1959.The books, which were short illustrated guides, published in hardback and (until 1950) without dust-jackets, were described by Penguin editor Allen Lane as:'...different [from Modern Painters]. These have not been planned to coincide with the public's growing appreciation of art, but rather to appeal to the general liking for illustrated keepsakes. For this reason they are specialised ... One of the most distinctive features of this series is their decorative covers ... These were used very sparingly by the English publishers before the War, but both in our King Penguins and in our Puffin Story Books we have found this not only an attractive manner of decorating the binding of the books but also giving the artist a share in book design.' (English, Unclassified)