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Penrose Annual 1958

Monday September 17th, 2012, 2 years, 1 month and 1 week ago

This is one of my favourite secondhand book finds this year – Volume 52 of the Penrose Graphic Art Annual from 1958. I bought it from the same market as the King Penguins I posted about a few months ago, & it’s in nearly perfect condition! I can’t quite remember how much I paid for it, but it was something like $28 – a super-duper bargain. I would love to collect more of these, particularly the late 1930s through to 1960, but they can be a little pricey.

One of the best things about this book is that it’s stamped on the front endpapers with “Hardwicke Knight Collection”. Upon doing a little Googling, I found out that Frederick Hardwicke-Knight was a New Zealand author, photographer & collector who died in 2008 leaving behind a lifetime’s treasure trove of amazing stuff. I feel honoured to own one of his books! You can see the man himself & some of his incredible collection here. How interesting!


4 Responses to Penrose Annual 1958

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  1. Mark says:

    This book is a goldmine!

    Reply to Mark Sep 18th 2012, 2 yrs and 1 mth ago
  2. stevette says:

    I was going to say “goldmine” also! I want all of them – now!

    Reply to stevette Sep 19th 2012, 2 yrs and 1 mth ago
  3. nikopiko says:

    Great find, v good price too – these are great resources, a design studio I worked for in teh Snowies (of all places) had a bookcase full of old Graphic Annuals, Penrose and Graphis books being my favourites. Don’t own any myself, but your entry above has rekindled my interest in them. I’ll remember to keep an eye out while trawling through the bookstores in future!

    Reply to nikopiko Jan 23rd 2013, 1 yr and 9 mths ago
  4. Androo says: print21.com.au

    Hi, a little late in but I have amassed a complete collection of Penrose annuals. Issue #1 (1895) is a facsimilie bound edition I copied when I had a real issue 1. Had to trade that but copied it first. It wasn’t much to look at really, just a catalogue of Penrose’s wares but boy did this annual progress! My favourites are between the wars; 20s, 30s when Art Nouveau was popular. Many of my earlier copies are signed by Wm Gamble, the 50th Anniversary 1956 copy was editor Fishenden’s personal copy and contains signed messages from the likes of Francis Meynell, Stanley Morrison, Lynton Lamb, Beatice Warde, John Dreyfus and many other contributors. My last 7 volumes are signed by the last editor of Penrose, Clive Goodacre with whom I had the pleasure of working. I frequently refer back to my Penrose annuals and a quick 10 minute fact check turns into 4 hours spent in admiration of the sheer quality, creativeness, art and foresight. There are several articles in earlier editions about graphic arts in Australia such as ‘Process work at the Antipodes!’ Beatrice Warde visited RMIT in 1959 and wrote a 6 page report “Australian Rendezvous” There has never been anything like Penrose and never will be……

    Reply to Androo Apr 16th 2014, 6 mths and 2 wks ago

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