Penguin Drop Caps Series

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Penguin Drop Caps are a series of 26 rainbow hued hardcover editions, each with a gorgeously illustrated “drop cap” letter by type designer Jessica Hische.

A collaboration between Hische and Penguin Art Director Paul Buckley, the series features classic works by 26 authors – one for each letter of the alphabet – from Jane Austen to Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

Austen

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Bronte

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Cather

My Ántonia by Willa Cather

Dickens

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Eliot

Middlemarch by George Eliot

Flaubert

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Golding

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Hesse

Siddartha by Herman Hesse

Ishiguro

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

Joyce

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce

Kidd

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Lee

Native Speaker by Chang-Rae Lee

Melville

Moby-Dick Or, The Whale by Herman Melville

Nesbitt

Five Children and It by E. Nesbitt

O'Hara

Butterfield 8 by John O’Hara

proust

Swann’s Way by Marcel Proust

Queen

The Greek Coffin Mystery by Ellery Queen

Rushdie

Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie

Steinbeck

Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

Tan

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

Undest

Kristin Lavransdatter, The Wreath by Sigrid Undset

Voltaire

Candide or Optimism by Voltaire

Whitman

Leaves of Grass and Selected Poems and Prose by Walt Whitman

Xinran

Sky Burial by Xinran

Yeats

When You Are Old: Early Poems and Fairy Tales by W.B. Yeats

Zafon

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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Jessica Hische is a letterer, illustrator, typographer, and web designer. She currently serves on the Type Directors Club board of directors, has been named a Forbes Magazine “30 under 30” in art and design as well as an ADC Young Gun and one of Print Magazine’s “New Visual Artists”. She has designed for Wes Anderson, McSweeney’s, Tiffany & Co, Penguin Books and many others. She resides primarily in San Francisco, occasionally in Brooklyn.

Credit: Penguin.com via Daniel Dalton @ buzzfeed.com

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