Classics: 1st Edition

The first generation of Penguin Classics arose in 1946 with E.V. Rieu’s translation of the Odyssey, and he became the editor of the series until his death in 1964. With the exception of a few early titles in 1946, as shown on the left, the entirety of this edition were designed by Jan Tschichold and maintained until 1963. The colors of the books reflected the original language of the work; there were seventeen colors in all. Numbers in the Penguin Classics series are prefixed with an “L”.

L1 Odyssey Homer
L2 Boule de Suif Maupassant
L3 Theban Plays Sophocles 1947
L4 Candide Voltaire 1947
L5 On Britain and Germany Tacitus
L6 Divine Comedy I: Hell Dante
L7 Persian Expedition Xenephon
L8 Pastoral Poems Virgil
L9 On the Eve Tergenev
L10 Don Quixote Cervantes 1950
L11 The Golden Ass Apuleius 1950
L12 Faust (1) Goethe 1949
L13 Manon Lescaut Abbe Prevost
L14 Iliad Homer
L15 Madame Bovary Flaubert
L16 Three Plays Ibsen
L17 Old Goriot Balzac 1951
L18 Nature of the Universe Lucretius
L19 Three Plays Chekov
L20 Miss Harriet Maupassant 1951
L21 Conquest of Gaul Caesar
L22 Canterbury Tales Chaucer
L23 Crime and Punishment Dostoyevsky
L24 Symposium Plato
L25 Three Musketeers Dumas
L26 Lusiads Camoens
L27 Imitation of Christ Thomas a Kempis 1952
L28 Electra Sophocles 1953
L29 Medieval Latin Lyrics Various
L30 Scarlet and Black Stendhal
L31 Alcestis Euripides
L32 Four Gospels Various
L33 Confessions of Rousseau Rousseau 1953
L34 Histories Heroditus
L35 Devils Dostoyevsky
L36 Five Plays Moliere
L37 Last days of Socrates Plato
L38 Seagull Ibsen H.
L39 Pelopennesian Wars Thucidides
L40 Oblamov Goncharov
L41 Anna Karenina Tolstoy
L42 History of the Church Bede
L43 Fables Aesop
L44 Bacchae Euripides
L45 Germinal Zola
L46 Purgatory Dante
L47 Gargantua & Pantagruel Rabelais 1955
L48 Republic Plato
L49 Autobiography Cellini
L50 Eugenie Grandet Balzac
L51 Aeneid Virgil
L52 Koran N.J.Dawood 1956
L53 Master Builder Ibsen
L54 Idiot Dostoyevsky 1955
L55 Ethics Aristotle
L56 Acts of the Apostles Saint Luke
L57 Travels Marco Polo 1958
L58 Metamorphosis Ovid
L59 Daphnis and Chloe Longus
L60 On Imperial Rome Tacitus
L61 Charterhouse of Parma Stendhal 1958
L62 War and Peace (I) Tolstoy
L63 War and Peace (II) Tolstoy
L64 1001 Nights Tr. N.J.Dawood 1955
L65 Mountain Inn Maupassant
L66 Pharsalia Lucan
L67 Oresteian Trilogy Aeschylus
L68 Plato Protagras Plato
L69 Fairy Tales Perrault
L70 Beowulf Anon
L71 Aladdin Anon
L72 Twelve Caesars Suetonius
L73 Life of St. Theresa Anon
L74 Ladder of Perfection Hilton
L75 Song of Roland Anon
L76 Two Satyr Plays  Cyclops and Ichneutai Sophocles & Euripides 1957
L77 Galateo Della Casa
L78 Brothers Karamazov  (I) Dostoyevsky
L79 Brothers Karamazov  (II) Dostoyevsky
L80 Domestic Peace Balzac
L81 Alexander Arrian 1958
L82 Three Plays Strindberg
L83 Essays Montagne
L84 Fall of the Roman Empire Plutarch
L85 Voyage of Argo Appolonius
L86 Against Nature Huysmans
L87 Piers the Ploughman Langland
L88 Buddhist Scriptures Edward Conze
L89 Misanthrope Moliere
L90 The Jewish War Josephus
L91 Little Flowers of St. Francis St. Francis 1959
L92 Sir Gawain and the Green Knight Anon
L93 Faust (II) Goethe
L94 Gorgias Plato 1960
L95 Maxims Rochefocauld
L96 Chekov Plays Chekov
L97 Discourse on Method Descartes
L98 Tristan von Strasburg
L99 Selected Works Cicero
L100 Epic of Gilgamesh Anon
L101 Poems St. John of the Cross 1960
L102 Rise and Fall of Athens Plutarch
L103 Njal’s Saga Anon
L104 Early History of Rome Livy
L105 The Divine Comedy III-Paradise Dante
L106 Three Tales Flaubert
L107 Prince Machiavelli
L108 Cloud of Unknowing Anon
L109 The Cossacks Tolstoy 1960
L110 The Pensees Blaise Pascal 1961
L111 Monkey Wu Cheng-en
L112 4 Plays Aeschylus
L115 Bel-Ami Maupassant G.de
L116 Les Liaisons Dangereuses Laclos
L117 Satirical Sketches Lucian
L119 Queen of Spades Pushkin
L120 Therese Raquin Emile Zola 1962
L121 Bagavad Gita Anon 1962
L125 Politics Aristotle
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One comment on “Classics: 1st Edition

  1. I now have the photos of the first 121 penguins in first edition. Except Tales from Chehov L96. These are all the Jan Tschichold covers in the series. I also have the names of the book missed: books L113,L114, L118. I love your site and if you would like them I can send you a link so you can copy them. I could of course try to email them to you. Thanks

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