Vintage Penguin Paperbacks in Beautiful, Bookworm-Friendly Settings


The New Republic recently ran a piece to mark anniversary of the first Penguin paperbacks, which were published this week in 1935. Here at Flavorwire, we’re eager to join in the celebration, because if there is one thing every book nerd can agree on, it’s that Penguin’s are the most beautifully designed paperbacks of them all. Another reader who shares our love of the sometimes sparse, other times or ornate and colorfully designed books is Etsy user EAGERforWORD, who has a wonderful knack for making already eye-catching books even more aesthetically pleasing by celebrating the clean simplicity of the iconic books. Click through to see (and perhaps purchase) a selection of EAGERforWORD’s wares.

The Beast in Me by James Thurber, $10.11 at Etsy

Androcles and the Lion by Bernard Shaw, $7.70 at Etsy

Narrative Poems of the Late XIX Century, $12.44 at Etsy

Put Out More Flags by Evelyn Waugh, $11.66 at Etsy

The Red Widow Murders by Carter Dickson, $18.66 at Etsy

Light on Moscow by D.N. Pritt, $11.66 at Etsy

The Mortal Storm by Phyllis Bottome, $11.66 at Etsy

England in the Eighteenth Century by J.H. Plumb, $7.00 at Etsy

Salmone and Other Plays by Oscar Wilde, $12.44 at Etsy

An Introduction to Modern Architecture by J.M Richards and Elizabeth Mock, $19.44 at Etsy

A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison, $13.22 at Etsy

Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw, $11.66 at Etsy

The Small Dark Man by Maurice Walsh, $9.33 at Etsy

Common Wild Flowers by J. Hutchinson, $7.77 at Etsy

The Winter’s Tale by William Shakespeare, $7.00 at Etsy

An Outline of European Architecture by Nikolaus Pevsner, $13.99 at Etsy

Is Peace Possible? by Kathleen Lonsdale, $11.66 at Etsy

The Generous Earth by Philip Oyler, $21.77 at Etsy

Major Barbra by Bernard Shaw, $7.00 at Etsy

The Canterbury Tales by Chaucer, $9.33 at Etsy

The Lost Stradivarius by J. Meade Falkner, $10.11 at Etsy