In celebration of Penguin’s 80th birthday, this box set of the 80 books in the Little Black Classics series showcases the many wonderful and varied writers in Penguin Black Classics. From India to Greece, Denmark to Iran, and not forgetting Britain, this assortment of books will transport readers back in time to the furthest corners of the globe. With a choice of fiction, poetry, essays and maxims, by the likes of Chekhov, Balzac, Ovid, Austen, Sappho and Dante, it won’t be difficult to find a book to suit your mood. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of the Penguin Classics list – from drama to poetry, from fiction to history, with books taken from around the world and across numerous centuries.
The covers all feature the same design template, three band with only type in classic Penguin fashion. Futura and Mrs Eaves are put to great effect, getting some help from Monotype’s or URW’s version of Baskerville for some lager than life applications in the box set packing. The design would later be re-tooled for the Pocket Penguin series.