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Penguin Clothbound Classics

Last update: 5/9/2023: It's been a while since I've seen an announcement for a release of these. They've moved to the Little Clothbound Classics.

The Penguin Clothbound series is a collector's dream. Full of classics that everyone should read, hardcovers designed by the famous Coralie Bickford Smith, and a large number of titles. They release a few of these a year, so once you start it's easy to keep up. Tracking down some of the older releases can be a bit more challenging, especially the Indian Special Editions, and that first edition of Crime and Punishment. May the odds be ever in your favor!


Note that the fist editions of the titles published this year are numbered, 1-9 I'm sure of but don't know about Dorian Gray!

Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert: 9780141394671

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens: 9780141040363

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë: 9780141040356

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen: 9780141040370

Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell: 9780141442549

Tess of the d'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy: 9780141040332

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen: 9780141040349

Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky:  9780140455687

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: 9780141040387

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde: 9780141442464


Little Women by Louisa May Alcott: 9780141192413

The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins: 9780141192420

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle: 9780141192437

The Odyssey by Homer: 9780141192444

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson: 9780141192451

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass by Lewis Carroll: 9780141192468

Emma by Jane Austen: 9780141192475

Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence: 9780141192482

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens: 9780141192499

The Sonnets and A Lover’s Complaint by William Shakespeare: 9780141192574


A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings by Charles Dickens: 9780141195858

Inferno: The Divine Comedy I by Dante: 9780141195872

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift: 9780141196640

India Special Editions

The Qur'an by Tarif Khalidi: 9780670084173

The Ramayana by Valmiki, Arshia Sattar: 9780670084180

The Mahabharata by John D. Smith (Translator): 9780670084159

The Bhagavad Gita by Juan Mascaro (Translator): 9780670084166


Dracula by Bram Stoker: 9780141196886

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens: 9780141196909

Middlemarch by George Elliot: 9780141196893

Bleak House by Charles Dickens: 9780141198354

Hard Times by Charles Dickens: 9780141198347

Persuasion by Jane Austen: 9780141197692

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen: 9780141197708

Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: 9780141197715


Jabberwocky and Other Nonsense: Collected Poems by Lewis Carroll: 9780141195940

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo: 9781846140495

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas: 9780141392462


Vanity Fair by William Thackeray: 9780141199542

Moby Dick by Herman Mellville: 9780141199603

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy: 9780141393384

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley: 9780141393391

The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer: 9780141393216

Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy: 9780141199610

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: 9780141199573

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe: 9780141393407


Metamorphases by Ovid: 9780141394619

The Jungle Books by Rudyard Kipling: 9780141394626

Paradise Lost by John Milton: 9780141394633

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens: 9780141394640

The Pearl by John Steinbeck: 9780141394688

Love and Freindship by Jane Austen: 9780140433340

The Portrait of A Lady by Henry James: 9780141394664

The Illiad by Homer: 9780141394657


The Travels by Marco Polo: 9780141198774


War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy: 9780241265543

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte: 9780241198957

Villette by Charlotte Bronte: 9780241198964

Naked Lunch by William S Burroughs: 9780241284636

Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys: 9780241281901

Orlando by Virginia Woolf: 9780241284643

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole: 9780241284667

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh: 9780241284629

The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham: 9780241284674

Remembrance of Things Past: Volume 1 by Marcel Proust: 9780241205921

Remembrance of Things Past: Volume 2 by Marcel Proust: 9780241205945

Remembrance of Things Past: Volume 3 by Marcel Proust: 9780241205969


Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea by Jules Verne: 9780241198773


Don Quixote by Miguel Cervantes: 9780241347768

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy: 9780241347775

The Ring of the Nibelung by Richard Wagner: 9780241305850

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle: 9780241347782

Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (second edition reprint): 9780241347683

The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells: 9780241382707


Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy: 9780241382691 Tales from 1001 Nights: 9780241382714 Sandition by Jane Austen: 9780241436585


Around The World In 80 Days by Jules Verne: 9780241468654 Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf: 9780241468647 The Aeneid by Virgil: 9780141994222 Grimm Tales by Philip Pullman: 9780241472729


Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell: 9780241453513 Animal Farm by George Orwell: 9780241453865 Monkey King by Wu Cheng’en: 9780141393445

The Lonely Londoners by Sam Selvon: 9780241504123

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry 9780241508664


Ulysses by George Orwell: 9780241453513

On the Road by Jack Kerouac: 9780241552643

The Turn of the Screa by Henry James: 9780241552650

The Outsider by Albert Camus: 9780241554401


The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne 9780241552667

The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov 9780241552674

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson 9780241552681

Pub date: September 2023

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Jilly Bennett
Jilly Bennett
Jan 14, 2021

THANK you for writing up this collection!!! I did this back in 2016 but didn't keep up with it. I saw your comment on C.B-S's Instagram and found my way, here! Looks like I won't be getting anything done, today, hahahaha XO

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