Illustrated Classics

undefinedAll ten Illustrated Classics were published on the same day, May 20, 1938. The series can be thought of as a prototype for the famed Penguin Classics, which appeared nearly a decade later; by selecting works that were out of copyright, Allen Lane could allocate the cost of royalties over to the illustrators, who used woodcut printing.

The series, sadly, fared poorly. As the war approached, interest turned away from the distant past toward practical information, like guides and specials. Additionally, the ambition of the illustrations was failed by the cheap quality of the paper. The series was discontinued, making this one of the most difficult sets to complete in quality condition.

C1Pride and PrejudiceJane Austen
C2A Sentimental JourneyLaurence Sterne
C3Tales of Mystery and ImaginationEdgar Allen Poe
C4WaldenHenry David Thoreau
C5Selected PoemsRobert Browning
C6Robinson Crusoe (1)Daniel Defoe
C7Robinson Crusoe (2)Daniel Defoe
C8TypeeHerman Melville
C9The Story of My HeartRichard Jefferies
C10Gulliver’s TravelsJonathan Swift

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