Cookery Postcards from Penguin
100 Cookbook Covers in One Box
John Hamilton is an art director at Penguin and a dedicated collector of cookbooks. Chosen as much for the artwork on their covers as the recipes inside, his collection spans around 60 years of book jacket design and includes many classics of cookery writing, with cover illustrations by artists such as Edward Bawden, Osbert Lancaster and David Gentleman. The 100 jackets are reproduced here on 100 semi-matt postcards in a sturdy presentation box.
Andrea Wisnewski Greetings Cards
12 Greeting Cards, Blank Inside
Six animals – rabbit, sheep, goat, bear, fox and chicken – by the American artist and children’s illustrator Andrea Wisnewski are featured on these greetings cards. There are two of each colourful, whimsical design in a boxed set of twelve cards and envelopes. The cards are blank inside for your own message. Slightly off-mint.
The Book of Kells Postcards
With one of the manuscript’s many depictions of Christ with a peacock on the cover, this boxed set of high quality postcards shows 30 details from The Book of Kells, including miniature paintings of creatures among the lines of script, examples of the fine calligraphy and ornate initials, complex patterns, and portraits of biblical figures.
Reproduced from Fifty English Steeples by Julian Flannery, 16 pristine, meticulously accurate line drawings celebrate some of the finest medieval parish church towers and spires in England. Each of the high-quality, matt, pale-cream cards (white inside) has a different tower or spire. They are presented in a pale cream and purple box, with white envelopes.
Based on a design by Molly McGrath, whose inspirations are the geometry, colours and curves of Moroccan architecture, this notebook has a black, laser-cut board forming a lattice over the vivid pink, orange and pale-green cover. The 128 pages are lined in neon orange, with orange endpapers and decoration at the foot of each page.
RHS Peonies and Butterflies Postcards
Presented in a sturdy, drawer-type box, these large postcards (160x115mm) feature 30 different designs based on illustrations in the RHS Lindley Library. While most of the postcards depict two or more peonies in shades of white, pink and red and a variety of butterflies, a few have an all-over design of smaller flowers and butterflies.
Speaking of Dogs Greeting Cards
12 Greeting Cards, Blank Inside
‘All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers is contained in the dog.’ Franz Kafka’s enigmatic words are one of the six quotations from great writers on the subject of dogs accompanying six cartoons on these amusing greetings cards. The cards are off- white with pen and ink drawings, and come in a box with white envelopes. Slightly off-mint.
100 Faber Postcards
Selected from the Faber Archive, 100 classic book covers are reproduced in this boxed set of postcards. One could have fun thinking of who to send Lord of the Flies to, and when might Anyone Can Cook be appropriate; or you could simply admire the distinctive cover designs and lettering by artists including Edward Bawden, Charles Mozley, Edward Ardizzone, David Jones, Barnett Freedman and Berthold Wolpe.
The covers of these notebooks feature three decorated papers from the British Library collection: a late 19th century blue and white Japanese block printing; a colourful, dynamic example of 20th century European marbling; and an early 20th century Italian block printing in blue, black and gold. There are two larger notebooks (one lined, one plain) and a plain pocket-size book.
Patterns of India
Three motifs – of flowers, lotus blooms and tassels – from Henry Wilson’s Pattern and Ornament in the Art of India (2012) are featured on the covers of these notebooks. The notebooks have 64 pages; one has ruled paper, one is plain, and the smaller notebook is also plain.
Decorated Papers Wrapping Paper
10 Sheets of Wrapping Paper with 10 Gift Tags
Reproduced from An Anthology of Decorated Papers by PJM Marks (2015), these ten richly ornamented and marbled papers, originally used by bookbinders, are now held in the British Library. The book contains 10 sheets of wrapping paper (folded) with 10 matching gift tags.
Herbarium Wrapping Paper
10 Sheets of Wrapping Paper with Gift Tags
The wrapping papers in this set were inspired by the colourful and almost abstract illustrations of herbs in Caz Hildebrand’s book Herbarium (2016). It comprises ten sheets of wrapping paper, all different designs, folded into the book and perforated to tear out easily, plus matching gift tags.
Cats in Movies
A frantic tabby flees down the runway in North by Northwest; the marmalade Lawrence of Arabia with startling blue eyes leads the way across the desert... These notecards feature ‘stills’ from 20 great movies, all with feline stars. The paintings by the very distinctive cat artist Susan Herbert (1945–2014) are drawn from her bestselling Cats Galore: A Compendium of Cultured Cats (2015). There are 20 blank notecards with envelopes. Boxed.
Remarkable Plants Five-Year Journal
With hard covers featuring Parrot Tulips from Album van Eeden (1872) and bound in dark green linen, this attractive five-year journal is based on Remarkable Plants That Shape Our World by Helen and William Bynum and is lavishly illustrated with drawings and prints from the collections of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew.
Eric Ravilious Piccadilly Circus Writing Set
Piccadilly Circus is one of the Boat Race Day series of ceramic decoration designed by Eric Ravilious for Josiah Wedgwood and Sons in the late 1930s and now in the Wedgwood Museum. The oval picture is reproduced on the wallet, while the writing paper is pale cream with a tiny Eros at the top, and white on the reverse.
Starlings at Heybridge Basin Writing Set
Drawn from the Warner Textile Archive, the attractive blue-and-white pattern of starlings and flowers that covers this set and decorates each sheet of the writing paper was created in about 1940 by the prolific designer and illustrator, Dora Batty (1891–1966). The writing paper and envelopes are white.
Owls Notecard Set
This set has reproductions of two very different pictures of owls: Owl on a Flowering Magnolia Branch, a Japanese woodblock print by Kubo Shunman (1752–1820); and Hibou Centrillard, a hand-coloured engraving from Henri Georges Meunier's Voyage en Abyssinie (1845–51). Four notecards of each design (115x115mm), blank inside, with white envelopes in an attractive wallet printed with the Japanese owl.
Edward Lear Nonsense Illustrations
Taken from the British Library Collection, these pictures by Edward Lear (1812–1888) include the lines from the limericks they illustrate: 'He built a balloon to examine the moon' from 'There was an Old Man of The Hague'; and 'There was an Old Man on whose nose/ most birds of the air could repose. There are four cards of each design.
Gift Wrap: Paisley
A simple way to make your gift wrapping a work of art is to use paper designed by an artist. This book contains wrapping papers that are well-printed, semi-gloss reproductions of variations of the paisley pattern that were designed in 19th-century France and Scotland, and sport the distinctive teardrop motif. With introductions to the patterns' artistic context in English, German and French; and 10 folded sheets of 10 different designs (50x70cm).
Gift Wrap French Flowers
These books contain wrapping papers that are well-printed, semi-gloss reproductions of period fabric designs: paisley motifs from 19th-century Scotland; traditional American quilt designs; French ‘Fauve' birds and butterflies from the 1920s, lush floral designs, and intricate floral patterns from provincial France. Each book contains 10 folded sheets of 10 different designs(50x70cm) and information on their artistic context. Text in English, French and German.
Gift Wrapping Paper Book
With their imaginative, modern designs, high-quality paper and careful printing, these wrapping papers will make presents look very special, but they are also suitable for all kinds of craft projects. Each book contains an introduction and 12 large sheets (50x70cm) of wrapping paper - one each of 12 designs - folded into the book and easily removed along perforations.
Tails from the Booth
Set of 3 Notebooks
What happens when you put two dogs in a photo booth? Lynn Terry tried it and the result, Tails from the Booth (2015), became a huge success. Here some of the canine mug shots adorn the covers and (in sepia tone) the pages of three notebooks: one plain paper, one lined, one squared.
Tails from the Booth Notecards
Mutt Shots in a Flash
Enjoying the conceit that canine pals or partners might go into a photo booth to have their mug shots taken, this amusingly styled set provides twelve different photostrips of dogs posing for the camera, with notecards on which to mount them and write a message or greeting, and matching envelopes.
Super Mario Bros Notecards
12 Die-Cut Notecards
The ultra-low 8-bit resolution of the original Super Mario Bros game of 1985 provides the retro artwork for this set of twelve notecards featuring Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad. The cards can be transformed into self-standing cutouts and come with matching envelopes.
Based on Original Fuji, Meguro, one of the most popular prints from 100 Views of Edo by Ando Higoshige (1797–1858), a delicately coloured Japanese landscape embossed on foil provides the cover of this notebook. It is one of a luxurious series with 176 ruled pages of cream paper, scarlet endpapers, a silk marker and a pocket for loose papers. The book closes with a solid magnetic side flap.
Erté: Symphony in Black
An iconic image of Art Deco and the 1920s, Erte's Symphony in Black is magnificently reproduced on the embossed foil covers of this journal – one of a series that could lend splendour to the most humble jottings. Inside there are 176 ruled pages, scarlet endpapers, a silk marker and a pocket for loose papers. The book closes with a solid magnetic side flap.
Steinlen: Tournée du Chat Noir
With a gold, scarlet and black cover based on Theophile Steinlen's original poster for Le Chat Noir – the first ever cabaret, opened by Rodolphe Salis in Paris in 1881 – this is one of a series of journals that could lend splendour to the most humble jottings. Inside there are 176 ruled pages, scarlet endpapers, a silk marker and a pocket for loose papers. The book closes with a solid magnetic side flap.
Ravilious: The Boat Race Rowers Journal
The English painter and designer Eric Ravilious (1903–42) created several series of artworks for ceramics by Wedgwood, including Boat Race Day in 1938. The covers and endpapers of this journal feature reproductions of original designs from that series, now in the Wedgwood Museum Trust Collection. The sturdy hardback has 200 pages of lined, cream paper, an expandable rear pocket for loose papers and elastic closure.
Cooper Hewitt Object of the Day
Drawing on the collections of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, these semi-matt postcards show 30 everyday or decorative objects as diverse as cutlery and typewriters, with information about the designs on the reverse of the ‘stub’ photographs to keep.
8 Notecards with Envelopes
Adapted from Charles Rennie Mackintosh's designs for The Hill House, Helensburgh and 'The Rose Boudoir', the designs on these notecards feature the Art Nouveau rose motifs so familiar from Mackintosh's interior designs and stained glass. There are eight cards, four of each design, with envelopes, presented in a card wallet.
JW Waterhouse Pocket Notepad
This very attractive little notepad has a detail from JW Waterhouse's famous Ophelia on its stiff board cover and reproductions of 20 more paintings by the very popular Victorian artist. The notepad has 128 ruled white pages, is bound in dark green and beige and has a beige elastic closure.
Lawrence Alma-Tadema Pocket Notepad
With a detail from In a Rose Garden (1889) on its cover, this little notepad features reproductions of 21 paintings by the Victorian artist Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912).The notepad has 128 ruled white pages and is bound in dark pink, with a pink elastic closure.
The Marriage Feast at Cana
A jewel-like miniature, surrounded by colourful foliage with birds and drolleries, The Marriage Feast at Cana is from a 15th century Book of Hours from Savoy. The illumination is magnificently reproduced in colour on the embossed foil covers of this journal – one of a series that could lend splendour to the most humble jottings. Inside there are 176 ruled pages, scarlet endpapers, a silk marker and a pocket for loose papers. The book closes with a solid magnetic side flap.
Mackintosh: Rose Motif
The stylized cabbage rose was a favourite motif of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, appearing in designs such as the glazed doors in the Glasgow School of Art. The motif decorates the embossed foil cover of this journal - one of a series that could lend splendour to the most humble jottings. Inside there are 176 ruled pages, scarlet endpapers, a silk marker and a pocket for loose papers. The book closes with a solid magnetic side flap.
Magnum Photos: London
These iconic images from photographic agency Magnum span more than 80 years and reflect diverse aspects of life in London, from red buses and the excited crowd watching the 1937 coronation parade to a tranquil morning swim in Hampstead in 2014. The collection includes work by such celebrated photographers as Robert Capa, Inge Morath, Eve Arnold and Martin Parr.
Including the Red Baron's Fokker Dr.1, Charles Lindbergh’s Spirit of St Louis, Howard Hughes's Spruce Goose and Concorde, the ten planes modelled in this origami set represent some of the most famous aircraft in the history of flight. The set contains 100 sheets of specially printed origami paper and stickers – allowing the planes to be decorated in authentic liveries – and a book containing profiles of the historic aircraft and comprehensive folding instructions.
Icons of Style
Audrey Hepburn, Jacqueline Kennedy, Françoise Hardy and Debbie Harry are among 20 women – film stars, models, musicians and a president’s wife – who have turned heads and set trends. Their portraits are reproduced in black and white or colour in this set of good quality, semi-matt postcards, presented in a pink paper wallet.