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The Penguin books collection

The Penguin books collection

The State Library of New South Wales purchased the basis of the Penguin collection in 1981 from C. C. Kohler, an antiquarian book dealer of Dorking, Surrey. Other titles are being added to fill in gaps as they come to hand.

The collection now consists of over 3000 paperback books published by Penguin between 1935 and 1979. Many of its titles are first edition Penguins. Included are both fiction and non-fiction books in the Penguin, Pelican and Penguin Specials series. The collection embodies a complete generation’s culture and thought when the printed word was the primary means of communication.

The books in the collection are stored in date order of issue, following the series number allocated by the publisher.

Items in the Penguin books collection can be found through special collections in the Mitchell Library, Macquarie Street, Sydney.