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Penguin MISCELLANEOUS Series


'Q' 1 - 100





Q: What to do when a book does not fit neatly into a recognised category? A: Start a separate category for all the miscellaneous books. This was the problem that faced PENGUIN Books Ltd. Initially, they published the books that did not fit into the system of 'orange' for fiction, 'green' for crime, 'cerise' for travel and adventure and so on, in 'yellow' covers and called them MISCELLANEOUS. The first such book was number 116 On England, which were speeches by Stanley Baldwin, and was published in November 1937. These yellow covered books included puzzle books, crossword puzzles and other interest books. Penguin also developed 'Pelicans' for educational and non-fiction works, and 'Specials' for subjects of topical and political interest.

However, they still had the problem of what to do with books that didn't fit neatly into categories, or were perhaps different sizes or one-offs. These books were, at first retrospectively, given the pre-fix of 'Q', though curiously the first 13 books in this series did not bear a 'Q'.

If Penguin thought that it was going to start an Italian series Edizioni del Pinguino , it did not, and it's book L'Italia di Domani was given the first number 'Q1'. The majority of the 'Q' MISCELLANEOUS books were either song books or atlases. Many of the books did not bear the 'Q' serial number, and some did not even have the Penguin 'logo', so that recognising them as a Penguin Miscellaneous Book in the 'Q' series can be difficult.



Information and cover photographs of the Penguin MISCELLANEOUS series:

Number Q1
Series No.: Q1
Title: L'ITALIA DI DOMANI
Author: 'Pentade' (a pseudonym for five anonymous contributors, four Italian and one English)
Date Published: July 1942
Pages: 228pp.
Printer: R. and R. Clark Ltd
This is the only Italian Penguin Edizioni del Pinguino , which was originally published in English as a Penguin Special 'S97' on 24 October 1941. The 'Q1' version also reproduces Winston Churchill's radio broadcast to the Italian people of 23rd December 1940. No price is quoted (in either of the two currencies).
Number Q2
Series No.: Q2
Title: HEAVEN AND HELL (Heaven and its Wonders and Hell, from Things Heard and Seen)
Author: (from the Latin of) Emanuel Swedenborg
Date Published: 1938
Pages: 320pp.
Printer: Purnell and Sons Ltd
Price: 6d.
This was the first Miscellaneous volume which was published. It was a special sixpenny (6d.) edition of the Swedish philosopher and theologian Swedenborg's best known work. It was issued to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of his birth and published for the Swedenborg Society.
Number Q3
Series No.: Q3
Title: CIVILIZATION
Author: Geza Szobel
Date Published: 23 October 1942
Pages: 48pp.
Printer: Harrison and Sons Ltd
Price: 2/-
It contains 42 drawings (6 in colour) by the Czech artist Geza Szobel. The drawings depict life in concentration camps. It has a plain black cover and a page size of 6¾" x 8½" (17.7 x 21.8 cms). The book is now considered rare.
Number Q4
Series No.: Q4
Title: AN ATLAS OF POST-WAR PROBLEMS
Author: J. F. Horrabin
Illustrations: Text, maps and drawings in red and black ink
Date Published: December 1943
Pages: 44pp.
Printer: Fosh and Cross Ltd
Price: 9d.
This is very much in the genre of a Penguin Special, but of a larger size (22 x 17.7 cms), and was coloured orange and white.
Number Q5
Series No.: Q5
Title: AN ATLAS OF THE USSR
Author: J. F. Horrabin and James S. Gregory
Illustrations: Text, maps and drawings in red and black ink
Date Published: December 1945
Pages: 64pp.
Printer: Fosh and Cross Ltd
Price: 1/-
Like 'Q4', this book is also very much in the genre of a Penguin Special, but of a larger size. It was coloured reddish/orange and white.
Number Q6
Series No.: Q6
Title: BRITISH AIRCRAFT - VOLUME ONE
Author: R. A. Saville-Sneath
Date Published: June 1944
Pages: 224pp.
Printer: Harrison and SonsLtd
Price: 5/-
This book, part of four volumes of an 'Aircraft Recognition series' Q6, Q7, Q8 and Q9, is hardbound, and measures 12.7 x 18.5 cms. It has a red cloth binding strip on which the title is printed in gold leaf. Each volume contains a large number of photographs and details on military and civil aircraft.
Number Q7
Series No.: Q7
Title: BRITISH AIRCRAFT - VOLUME TWO
Author: R. A. Saville-Sneath
Date Published: November 1944
Pages: 224pp.
Printer: Harrison and Sons Ltd
Price: 5/-
This book, part of four volumes of an 'Aircraft Recognition series' Q6, Q7, Q8 and Q9, is hardbound, and measures 12.7 x 18.5 cms. It has a red cloth binding strip on which the title is printed in gold leaf. Each volume contains a large number of photographs and details on military and civil aircraft.
Number Q8
Series No.: Q8
Title: AIRCRAFT OF THE UNITED STATES - VOLUME ONE
Author: R. A. Saville-Sneath
Date Published: June 1945
Pages: 256pp.
Printer: Harrison and Sons Ltd
Price: 5/-
This book, part of four volumes of an 'Aircraft Recognition series' Q6, Q7, Q8 and Q9, is hardbound, and measures 12.7 x 18.5 cms. It has a red cloth binding strip on which the title is printed in gold leaf. Each volume contains a large number of photographs and details on military and civil aircraft.
Number Q9
Series No.: Q9
Title: AIRCRAFT OF THE UNITED STATES - VOLUME TWO
Author: R. A. Saville-Sneath
Date Published: April 1947 (printed October 1946)
Pages: 256pp.
Printer: Harrison and Sons Ltd
Price: 5/-
This book, part of four volumes of an 'Aircraft Recognition series' Q6, Q7, Q8 and Q9, is hardbound, and measures 12.7 x 18.5 cms. It has a red cloth binding strip on which the title is printed in gold leaf. Each volume contains a large number of photographs and details on military and civil aircraft.
Number Q10
Series No.: Q10
Title: ALL IN LINE
Author: Saul Steinberg
Date Published: October 1945
Printer: Hunt, Barnard and Co Ltd
Price: 12/6d. (hardback)
This is a large book (31 x 23.5 cms), clothbound and contains over 200 line drawings by Saul Steinberg, an American Cartoonist. Many of the drawings were first published in the New Yorker.
Number Q11
Series No.: Q11
Title: THE FIRST EIGHTEEN MONTHS
Author: The Bureau of Current Affairs
Date Published: October 1947
Pages: 72pp.
Printer: Fosh and Cross Ltd
Price: 2/6d.
An account of the first eighteen months of peace after the Second World War. It was in landcape format with a size of 17.7 x 24.5 cms.
Number Q12
Series No.: Q12
Title: HAMLET: SCENES FROM THE FILM
Introduction: Presented by Laurence Olivier and published by Benjamin Pollock
Illustrations: Designed and produced by Denes Studios Ltd
Publisher: Benjamin Pollock
Date Published: December 1948
Pages: 32pp.
Printer: Chromoworks Ltd
Price: 'half-a-crown' (2/6d.)
A picture cut-out book for children, containing scenes from the Laurence Olivier version of the J. Arthur Rank's film dramatisation of Shakespeare's play 'Hamlet'.
Number: Q13
Series No.: Q13
Title: THE TRANSFORMATION OF LUCIUS otherwise known as THE GOLDEN ASS (Edition de Luxe)
Author: Lucius Apuleius
Translation: by Robert Graves
Design: typography and binding by Jan Tschichold
Date Published: December 1951 [Title page states 1950]
Pages: 302pp. + endpapers
Printer: Silk and Terry Ltd
Paper: Blue-White Wove paper by Wiggins, Teape and Co Ltd
Binding: by James Burn and Co
Price: 30/-
Signed Edition: Copy No. 344 of 2,000

This book was produced in a limited edition of 2,000 numbered copies, each one being signed by Robert Graves. This was Penguin Book's only foray into limited editions. However, it was a rather special version of the book previously issued in the Classics series as 'L11' in April 1950. This was no ordinary Penguin book - it was printed on specially made paper and bound in quarter parchment vellum and had marbled boards. The book was also supplied with a dust-jacket and came in a slipcase.

Images shown of Cover, Title Page, and Signed Edition by Translater
Number Q14
Series No.: Q14
Title: THE PENGUIN SONG BOOK
Author: Leslie Woodgate
Date Published: November 1951
Pages: 192pp.
Printer: Lowe and Brydone Printers Ltd
Price: 4/6d.
** This book was the first of the Miscellaneous 'Q' series to print the 'Q' pre-fix on the cover. 'Q14' was printed at the bottom of the spine.
This book is 13 x 19.5 cms in size.
Number Q15
Series No.: Q15
Title: THE PENGUIN PART SONG BOOK
Author: Leslie Woodgate
Decorations: by David Gentleman
Date Published: November 1955
Pages: 144pp.
Printer: Lowe and Brydone Printers Ltd
Price: 4/6d.
This book is 19.5 x 13 cms in size.
Number Q16
Series No.: Q16
Title: THE PENGUIN ATLAS OF THE WORLD
Edited: by John S. Keats
Date Published: May 1956
Pages: 128pp. (76pp. text + 80pp. colour maps)
Printer: Richard Clay and Co Ltd; maps produced and printed by Generalstabens Litugrafiska Austalt (Sweden)
Price: 10/- (12/6d. hardback)
This book is 20.2 x 14.3 cms in size. It contained 80 maps in colour and an index of 15,000 entries.
Number Q17
Series No.: Q17
Title: WILD FLOWERS IN COLOUR
Author: John Hutchinson
Illustrations: colour drawings by Edgar Hahnewald
Cover illustration: by Edgar Hahnewald
Date Published: April 1958
Pages: 128pp. text + 128pp. colour plates
Printer: Hunt, Barnard and Co Ltd; colour plates by Balding and Mansell Ltd
Price: 17/6d.
Containing 128 colour plates with over 500 illustrations.
Number Q18
Series No.: Q18
Title: THE PENGUIN BOOK OF ENGLISH FOLK SONGS (from the Journal of the Folk Song Society and the Journal of the English Folk Dance and Song Society)
Edited: and selected by Ralph Vaughan Williams and A. L. Lloyd
Cover design: Juliet Renny
Date Published: November 1959
Pages: 128pp.
Printer: Lowe and Brydone (Printers) Ltd
Price: 3/6d.
Number: Q19
Series No.: Q19
Title: THE PENGUIN BOOK OF AMERICAN FOLK SONGS
Edited: with notes by Alan Lomax
Piano Arrangement: by Elizabeth Poston
Cover design: by Milton Glaser
Date Published: November 1964
Pages: 272pp.
Printer: Lowe and Brydone Printers Ltd
Price: 10/6d.
Containing over 100 songs

Cover of 1966 reprint also shown - with change to larger format
Number Q20
Series No.: Q20
Title: BIRDS IN COLOUR
Authors: Bruce Campbell and Karl Aage Tinggaard
Cover Design: by Paxton Chadwick
Date Published: April 1960
Pages: 104pp. text + 128pp.
Printer: Ysel Press Ltd
Price: 21/- hardbound
Containing illustrations of 256 birds
Number Q21
Series No.: Q21
Title: THE PENGUIN STORY (MCMXXXV - MCMLVI)
Author: Sir William Emrys Williams
Illustrations: photographs by Guy Gravett; diagrams by Erwin Fabian
Date Published: June 1956
Printer: Hunt, Barnard and Co Ltd; photographic collogravure by Harrison and Sons Ltd; line illustrations by John Swain and Son Ltd
Pages: 128pp. + 24pp.
Price: 1/-
This book was produced to mark the 21st birthday of Penguin Books in July 1956. (Hence the number 'Q21' was selected 5 years ahead of its contemporaries.) It was designed by the Penguin typographer, Hans Schmoller. The book includes 'A Complete Catalogue of the Publications of Penguin Books' published between 1935 and 1956.
Number Q22
Series No.: Q22
Title: THE PENGUIN ATLAS OF MEDIEVAL HISTORY (From AD 362 to 1478)
Author: Colin McEvedy
Illustrations: maps designed by Colin McEvedy and lettered by John Woodcock
Date Published: September 1961
Pages: 96pp.
Printer: Jesse Broad and Co Ltd
Price: 7/6d. (10/6d. hardback)
This book is 18 x 22 cms in size.
Number Q23
Series No.: Q23
Title: ARTIFICIAL SATELLITES
Author: Michael W. Ovenden
Illustrations: drawings by Kenneth James; designed by Jane Mackay
Cover design: by John Griffiths
Date Published: April 1961
Pages: 128pp.
Printer: Hazell, Watson and Viney Ltd
Price: 5/-
This book is 19.5 x 13 cms in size.
Number Q24
Series No.: Q24
Title: MEDICINE TODAY
Author: David Margerson
Illustrations: drawings by Sylvia Treadgold and Linnet Goode; designed by Jane Mackay
Cover design: by John Griffiths
Date Published: November 1961
Pages: 112pp.
Printer: Unwin Brothers Ltd
Price: 5/-
Number Q25
Series No.: Q25
Title: PENGUINS PROGRESS 1935 - 1960 Published on the occasion of the Silver Jubilee of Penguin Books
Foreword: Sir Allen Lane
Introduction: Desmond Flower
Cover design: 'Twentyfive Years' by Hans Schmoller using a device by Elizabeth Friedlander
Illustrations: by David Gentleman, John Griffiths, Feliks Topolski and Theodore Ramos; and photographs by Sam Lambert, Lotte Meitner-Graf and Athol Shmith
Date Published: September 1960
Pages: 90pp.
Printer: The Curwen Press; bound by Cox and Wyman Ltd
Price: 2/6d.
This book was produced to celebrate Penguin Book's 25th birthday. It was designed by the Penguin typographer Hans Schmoller. It provided an outline of the history of Penguin Books Ltd and the biographies of some of the key people in Penguin. Book size 19.5 x 13 cms.
Number Q26
Series No.: Q26
Title: FASHION
Author: Madge Garland
Cover design: by John Griffiths using a photograph by Michael Williams of a dress by Bazaar for the Women's Page of the Sunday Times
Date Published: April 1962
Pages: 160pp.
Printer: Jarrold and Sons Ltd
Price: 6/-
Number: Q27
Series No.: Q27
Title: AN OUTLINE OF EUROPEAN ARCHITECTURE (Jubilee Edition)
Author: Nikolaus Pevsner
Illustrations: contains 609 photographic plates within text, and sketches
Jacketdesign: Eugene O. Sporer, Munich
Frontispiece: Athens Acropolis, photograph by E.-M. Czako, Athens
Date Published: October 1960 (sixth 'Jubilee Edition')
Price: 6 guineas (£6-6s-0d.)
Pages: 740pp.
Printer: made and printed in Germany
A special jubilee de-luxe edition on European Architecture which was first issued as a Pelican 'A109' in March 1943. Pevsner's more usual series on Buildings of England had commenced in July 1951 and by August 1960 had published 19 volumes in that series. Another commemorative book as part of Penguin's 25th birthday celebrations.
Number Q28
Series No.: Q28
THIS NUMBER (No. Q28) WAS NOT USED.

This was intended to be Archaeology by Liam de Paor, but was later published as Pelican A859.
Number: Q29
Paperback

Hardback

Hardback DustJacket
Series No.: Q29
Title: ANDROCLES AND THE LION An Old Fable Renovated by Bernard Shaw (The Shaw Alphabet Edition of)
Author: Bernard Shaw
Cover design: by Germano Facetti
Date Published: November 1962
Pages: 152pp.
Printer: Stephen Austin and Sons Ltd
Price: 3/6d. paperback, (Hardcopy provided free)


This work previously appeared in the Penguin main series No. 566, published on 24 July 1946 to commemorate his 90th birthday, but simply using the standard English alphabet. Bernard Shaw died on 2nd November 1950. His Will contained provisions for a new 'Proposed British Alphabet'. He imposed on his trustee the duty of seeking and publishing a more efficient alphabet of at least forty letters, and to "transliterate my play entitled 'Androcles and the Lion' into the proposed British Alphabet ... and to present copies to public libraries"

In addition to the printing of the standard paperback, this book was, therfore, also published in a 'presentation' Hardback copy, which was provided free of charge, under Bernard Shaw's Will (see text of fourth image which was printed opposite the title page) and was given to Libraries.

The 1962 edition has a parrallel text in the 'Proposed British Alphabet' which Shaw hoped would replace the existing Roman alphabet (see fifth image).

A key is provided at the back of the book (see last image), and was also produced on a card which was to be found between pages 16 and 17.
Number Q30
Series No.: Q30
Title: THE PENGUIN BOOK OF CHRISTMAS CAROLS
Edited: by Elizabeth Poston
Cover illustration: detail of a fourteenth century wood carving in Exeter Cathedral
Date Published: September 1965
Pages: 144pp.
Printer: Lowe and Brydone Printers Ltd
Price: 6/-
Number Q31
Series No.: Q31
Title: NOTHING PERSONAL
Authors: Richard Avedon and James Baldwin
Date Published: November 1964
Number Q32
Series No.: Q32
Title: THE PENGUIN ATLAS OF ANCIENT HISTORY
Author: Colin McEvedy
Date Published: May 1967
Pages: 96pp.
Printer: Jesse Broad and Co Ltd
Price: 15/-
Number Q33
Series No.: Q33
Title: THE PENGUIN BOOK OF ENGLISH MADRIGALS (For Four Voices)
Edited: by Denis Stevens
Cover illustration: detail from 'The Nativity' by Piero della Francesco
Date Published: May 1967
Pages: 160pp.
Printer: Halstan and Co Ltd
Price: 8/6d.
Book size 18 x 22 cms.
Number Q34
Series No.: Q34
Title: THE PENGUIN ATLAS OF RECENT HISTORY
Author: Colin McEvedy
Date Published: 1982
Pages: 96pp.
Printer: Butler and Tanner Ltd
Price: £3.50p
Number Q35
Series No.: Q35
Title: THE PENGUIN BOOK OF ROUNDS
Edited: by Rosemary Cass-Beggs
Cover illustration: shows detail from 'Chanteurs Patriotes' by Doncre (Musée Carnvalet, Paris)
Date Published: 1982
Pages: 128pp.
Printer: Hazell, Watson and Viney Ltd
Price: £2.50p
Book size 19.5 x 13 cms.
Number: Q36
Series No.: Q36
Title: REFUGEES 1960 - A Report in Words and Drawings
Authors: Kaye Webb and Ronald Searle
Date Published: April 1960
Pages: 48pp.
Printer: Hazell, Watson and Viney Ltd
Price: £2/6
Book size 22 x 18 cms. This book was described as "a moving report in words and drawings" from refugee camps. The book has a black paper band around it with the statement: "All proceeds from the sale of this moving document will go to World Refugee Year" (see second image)
Number Q37
Series No.: Q37
Title: THE SECOND PENGUIN BOOK OF ENGLISH MADRIGALS (For Five Voices)
Edited: by Denis Stevens
Cover illustration: shows detail from 'The Concert' by Lorenzo Costa
Date Published: 1970
Pages: 160pp.
Printer: Halstan and Co Ltd
Price: 10/- 50p
Book size 18 x 22 cms.
Number Q38
Series No.: Q38
Title: THE SECOND PENGUIN BOOK OF CHRISTMAS CAROLS
Edited: by Elizabeth Poston
Date Published: October 1970
Pages: 160pp.
Printer: Richard Clay Ltd
Price: 2/- 40p
Number Q39
Series No.: Q39
Title: THE PENGUIN BOOK OF ACCOMPANIED SONGS
Edited: by Marion Harewood and Ronald Duncan
Cover illustration: detail from 'As the Young Fiddles the Old Sing' by Jacob Jordaens
Date published: 1972
Pages: 256pp.
Printer: Hazell, Watson and Viney Ltd
Price: 75p
Number Q40
Series No.: Q40
Title: THE PUFFIN READERS DIARY, 1968
Edited: by Kaye Webb
Date Published: November 1967
Price: 6/6d.
Number Q41
Series No.: Q41
Title: THE PENGUIN ATLAS OF MODERN HISTORY (1483 - 1815)
Author: Colin McEvedy
Date Published: 1972
Pages: 966pp.
Printer: Hazell, Watson and Viney Ltd
Price: 75p
Book size 18 x 22 cms.
Number Q42
Series No.: Q42
Title: THE PENGUIN BOOK OF CANADIAN FOLK SONGS
Selected and edited: by Edith Fowke
Music consultant: Keith MacMillan
Cover illustration: shows a detail from 'Beach at Savary Island, British Columbia' by E. J. Hughes (National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa)
Date Published: 1973
Pages: 224pp.
Printer: Lowe and Brydone (Printers) Ltd
Price: 75p
Number Q43
Series No.: Q43
Title: THE PENGUIN BOOK OF ITALIAN MADRIGALS for four voices
Edited: by Jerome Roche
Cover illustration: shows detail from 'The Madrigalists Table' by Alfonso Loschi (Palazzo Pitti, Florence)
Date Published: 1974
Pages: 176pp.
Printer: Fletcher and Son Ltd
Price: £1-00p
Number Q44
Series No.: Q44
Title: THE PENGUIN BOOK OF LIEDER
Edited and translated: from German by S. S. Prawer
Cover illustration: shows a detail from 'Spring Evening' by Ludwig Richter (Dusseldorf)
Date Published: 1964
Price: 7/6d.

Image of 1977 reprint (208pp. Richard Clay (The Chaucer Press) Ltd, £1-00p)
Number Q45
Series No.: Q45
Title: THE PENGUIN BOOK OF BRITISH FOLK SONGS
Edited: by Elizabeth Poston
Number Q46
Series No.: Q46
Title: THE PENGUIN BOOK OF EARLY MUSIC
Edited: by Anthony Rooley
Date Published: 1980
Price: £4-95p
Number Q47
Series No.: Q47
THIS NUMBER (No. Q47) WAS NOT USED.
Number Q48
Series No.: Q48
Title: THE ANNOTATED GILBERT AND SULLIVAN (Volume 1)
Edited: by Ian Bradley
Date Published: December 1982
Number Q49
Series No.: Q49
Title: THE ANNOTATED GILBERT AND SULLIVAN (Volume 2)
Edited: by Ian Bradley
Date Published: 1985
Number Q60
Title: PENGUIN PORTRAIT: ALLEN LANE AND THE PENGUIN EDITORS 1935 - 1970
Edited: by Steve Hare
Date Published: 6 July 1995
Publisher: Penguin
Pages: 384pp.
Printer: Clays Ltd
Price: £12.00

This book, numbered 'Q60', was produced by Penguin as part of Penguin's 60th Anniversary.
Number: Q100
Series No.: Q100
Title: COMPLETE CATALOGUE OF THE PUBLICATIONS OF PENGUIN BOOKS
Date Published: October 1966

This 'publication' was issued in the format of a orange coloured loose-leaf ring binder which was supplied to the trade. From time to time Penguin would up-date booksellers with additional sheets. There was also a 1970 edition.

Images shown of orange coloured plastic ringbinder cover; the front or title page (also on orange coloured paper); the Contents page; and the page giving the 'Index of Key Letters'



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