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Publisher Series: The Medallion Series - Penguin Classics

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Works (118)

The Odyssey by Homernot in English Common KnowledgeL1
Boule de suif et autres nouvelles by Guy de MaupassantL2
Antigone; Oedipus Rex; Oedipus at Colonus by SophoclesL3
Candide by VoltaireL4
Agricola and Germania by P. Cornelius TacitusL5
Inferno by Dante AlighieriL6
The Eclogues by VirgilL8
On the Eve by Ivan TurgenevL9
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedranot in English Common KnowledgeL10
The Golden Ass. Being the Metamorphoses of Lucius Apuleius. [Loeb Classical Library No. 44] by ApuleiusL11
Faust, Part One by Johann Wolfgang von GoetheL12
Manon Lescaut by Abbé PrévostL13
The Iliad by HomerL14
Madame Bovary by Gustave FlaubertL15
Hedda Gabler / Pillars Of The Community / The Wild Duck by Henrik IbsenL16
Old Goriot by Honoré de BalzacL17
On the nature of things by Titus Lucretius CarusL18
Three plays : The Cherry Orchard / Three Sisters / Ivanov by Anton ChekhovL19
Miss Harriet and other stories by Guy de MaupassantL20
The Conquest of Gaul by Julius CaesarL21
The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey ChaucerL22
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor DostoevskyL23
The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas pèreL25
The Lusiads by Luís Vaz de CamõesL26
The Imitation of Christ by Thomas à KempisL27
Ajax; Electra; Philoctetes; Women of Trachis by SophoclesL28
Mediaeval Latin Lyrics by Helen WaddellL29
The Red and the Black by StendhalL30
3 Plays: Alcestis / Hippolytus / Iphigenia in Taurus by EuripidesL31
The Four Gospels by E. V. RieuL32
The Confessions by Jean-Jacques RousseauL33
The Histories by HerodotusL34
Demons by Fyodor DostoevskyL35
Five Plays: The Miser and other Plays by MolièreL36
The Apology / Crito / Phaedo by PlatoL37
The Seagull and Other Plays (Penguin Classics) by Anton ChehovL38
The History of the Peloponnesian War by ThucydidesL39
Oblomov by Ivan GoncharovL40
Anna Karenina by Leo TolstoyL41
Ecclesiastical History of the English People by BedeL42
Fables of Aesop by AesopusL43
The Bacchae and Other Plays by EuripidesL44
Germinal by Émile ZolaL45
Gargantua And Pantagruel by François RabelaisL47
Plato’s Republic by PlatoL48
The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini by Benvenuto CelliniL49
Eugénie Grandet by Honoré de BalzacL50
The Aeneid by VirgilL51
The Koran (Dawood, 1956) by al-Qur'anL52
Rosmersholm / The Master Builder / Little Eyolf / John Gabriel Borkman by Henrik IbsenL53
The Idiot by Fyodor DostoevskyL54
Nicomachean ethics by AristotelesL55
Acts of the Apostles by Saint LukeL56
The Travels of Marco Polo by Marco PoloL57
Metamorphoses by OvidL58
Daphnis and Chloe by LongosL59
The Annals of Tacitus by P. Cornelius TacitusL60
The Charterhouse of Parma by StendhalL61
War and Peace (1/2) by Leo TolstoyL62
War and Peace (2/2) by Leo TolstoyL63
The Thousand and One Nights: The Hunchback, Sindbad, and Other Tales by N. J. DawoodL64
The Mountain Inn and Other Stories by Guy de MaupassantL65
Civil War by LucanL66
The Oresteia: Agamemnon / The Libation Bearers / The Eumenides by AeschylusL67
Protagoras and Meno by PlatoL68
The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault. Translated with an introduction by Geoffrey Brereton (Penguin Classics. no. L69.) by Charles PerraultL69
Beowulf by Beowulf PoetL70
Aladdin and Other Tales From The Thousand and One Nights. Penguin Classics No L71 by AnonymousL71
History of the Twelve Caesars by SuetoniusL72
The Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila by Teresa of ÁvilaL73
The Ladder of Perfection by Walter HiltonL74
The Song of Roland by TuroldusL75
Two Satyr Plays by Roger Lancelyn GreenL76
Galateo by Giovanni Della CasaL77
The Brothers Karamazov (1/2) by Fedor Mikhaïlovitch DostoïevskiL78
The Brothers Karamazov (2/2) by Fedor Mikhaïlovitch DostoïevskiL79
Domestic Peace and Other Stories by Honoré de BalzacL80
The Campaigns of Alexander by ArrianL81
Three Plays: The Father, Miss Julia, Easter by August StrindbergL82
The Essays: A Selection by Michel de MontaigneL83
The Fall of the Roman Republic: Six Lives by PlutarchL84
The Argonautica by Apollonius of RhodesL85
Against Nature by Joris-Karl HuysmansL86
Piers Plowman by William LanglandL87
Buddhist Scriptures by Edward ConzeL88
Doctor in Spite of Himself / Imaginary Invalid / Misanthrope / Sicilian / Tartuffe by MolièreL89
The Great Roman-Jewish War by Flavius JosephusL90
The Little Flowers of St. Francis by Ugolino BrunforteL91
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by Gawain PoetL92
Faust, Part Two by Johann Wolfgang von GoetheL93
Gorgias by PlatoL94
Maxims by François de La RochefoucauldL95
8 Plays (The Bear / The Cherry Orchard / Ivanov / A Jubilee / The Proposal / The Seagull / Three Sisters / Uncle Vania) by Anton ChekhovL96
Discourse on Method by René DescartesL97
Tristan: With the surviving fragments of the 'Tristran' of Thomas by Gottfried von StrassburgL98
Selected Works by Marcus Tullius CiceroL99
The Epic of Gilgamesh by AnonymousL100
The Poems of St. John of the Cross by Saint John of the CrossL101
The Rise And Fall Of Athens: Nine Greek Lives by PlutarchL102
Njal's Saga by AnonymousL103
History of Rome, books 1-5 by Titus LivyL104
Three Tales by Gustave FlaubertL106
The Prince by Niccolò Machiavellinot in English Common KnowledgeL107
The Cloud of Unknowing by AnonymousL108
The Cossacks and other stories by Leo TolstoyL109
Pensées by Blaise PascalL110
Monkey by Wu Ch'eng-enL111
The Persians; Prometheus Bound; Seven Against Thebes; The Suppliants by AeschylusL112
Dead Souls by Nikolai GogolL113
The Confessions of St. Augustine by Saint AugustineL114
Bel-Ami by Guy de MaupassantL115
Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de LaclosL116
Satirical Sketches by LucianL117
Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich NietzscheL118
The Queen of Spades and Other Stories (The Moor of Peter the Great; Dubrovsky; The Captain's Daughter) by Alexander PushkinL119
Thérèse Raquin by Émile ZolaL120
The Bhagavad Gita (Penguin Classics) by AnonymousL121
Politics by AristotleL125

Series description

The first 121 works issued in the first Penguin Classics series (plus No. 125) shared a cover design that had a narrow coloured border around a white panel containing the title, etc. and a more or less circular black and white line drawing - the 'Medallion' or 'Roundel'. These were published between 1946 and 1962.

As can be seen from the Medallion covers that have made it to the display here, most of the drawings do have the appearance of a medal or coin but from L32, The Four Gospels, onward, larger and different shaped pictures start to appear. I do not think colour was used except for L30, Scarlet and Black where the background of the roundel was black and red.

The border colour indicated the original language of the work, brown for Greek, green for French, red for Russian, and so on. This convention did survive for a time in the early Black Cover titles.

The first four or five titles were originally issued with a slightly different cover with the medallion lying on a much deeper coloured border along the lower edge of the book. Reprints used the later standard format.

The majority of these works continued in print for many years so can be found with later cover designs. They are also listed in the Penguin Classics series.

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