Photo Vomit #9: Penguin Vintage

Last week, I found myself at a used book store. I really wish I had the time to take pictures of this place but I figure, I’d probably need a permission to do so. One of these days, I’ll find enough courage to approach the owners.

I’ve recently found the wonders of Tumblr. I follow some pretty cool blogs that feature lovely photographs of books and readers alike. I’ve also seen them post pictures of those orange vintage covers from Penguin. So last week, I had the inkling to find some copies for myself. Here are the books that I’ve found:

It was tough finding these old Penguins. The bookstore that I found myself in had wall to wall, floor to ceiling shelves of antique books. The prices vary from $4.00 to $20.00. In the end, I had to put some back because it was getting ridiculously expensive. As it is, this pile cost me $65, to my husband’s dismay. Anyway, I love them, and they make such a good addition to my collection of vintage books.
  • How very cool!

  • They look lovely together. I've never read Brighton Rock – but I have the penguin style notebook with it's cover…. maybe I should actually get around to read it!

  • Aw. Those books looks pretty adorable šŸ˜€ Thank you so much for sharing about them Joy. <3 You buy all the awesome books. Sigh.

  • That's really cool! The only book I own that's vintage is one from my great-grandmother of maybe 1980's, but it's a Spanish translation of Lady Chatterley's Lover. What I love of it is that it's kinda leather bound, in a deep green color, and it's a banned book xD Also, even if I didn't know her that much, I feel a bit closer to her even if it is by sharing that.

    Also, why is it that Penguin published books with those covers? I've seen them around in Tumblr but never really understood why. But they do look awesome! I hope you enjoy them šŸ™‚
    ~Jen

  • Well these are awesome! I love Penguin books, you scored some pretty great bargains!

    Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

  • it's well all orange.

  • These are so gorgeous. I'm with you-I would love seeing them on my shelves. Don't they have a whole array like a color wheel? I've seen some blue ones, too. Would be awesome to collect all of them!

  • Oh wow. I've never sought out specific editions of books. I always just browse and look for what interests me–though, the only store that has anything of value is my friends of the library bookstore. I love Penguin's iconic orange books, though I also love their new ones. šŸ™‚ And your pictures would most definitely fit in on Tumblr!

  • That' s so cool!!! This is why I love used bookstores, so many great finds! they didn't really spend money on book illustrations much did they? This makes me want to hunt for a used bookstore near where I live šŸ™‚

  • That's cool, Joy! I bet the owner would love for you to take photos and get a some free publicity.

  • That's really cool! Never thought of “hunting” for vintage books. šŸ™‚ Lovely pictures, and books too!!!

  • Those are so beautiful! I bet they smell delicious too!

  • So fun! I love used book stores! Unfortunately, the only ones I can find closest to me are Half Price Books, which yeah is a used book store but not a cute little independently owned one. And it certainly doesn't have a wall of antique books – love!

    Andrea @ Bookish