1. Source: University of Stirling Archives and Special Collections (Mitchell Collection)
Title: Selection of Penguin Books
Date: 20th Century
Description: Priced at sixpence – the same as a pack of cigarettes – the first Penguins appeared in the summer of 1935. A copy of the first one hundred titles and more are held in the Stirling collection. The colour of the jacket indicated the content: blue for biography, green for crime and mystery, pink for adventure travel, and yellow for essays; but it is orange for fiction that we know and love best. Each book also had a number, which enhances their collectability today.
These items form part of the University of Stirling ‘Treaures’ exhibition

    Source: University of Stirling Archives and Special Collections (Mitchell Collection)

    Title: Selection of Penguin Books

    Date: 20th Century

    Description: Priced at sixpence – the same as a pack of cigarettes – the first Penguins appeared in the summer of 1935. A copy of the first one hundred titles and more are held in the Stirling collection. The colour of the jacket indicated the content: blue for biography, green for crime and mystery, pink for adventure travel, and yellow for essays; but it is orange for fiction that we know and love best. Each book also had a number, which enhances their collectability today.

    These items form part of the University of Stirling ‘Treaures’ exhibition

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Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing. (Harper Lee)

I nearly always write, just as I nearly always breathe.
(John Steinbeck)

When I don’t write, I feel my world shrinking. I feel I am in a prison. I feel I lose my fire and my color. It should be a necessity, as the sea needs to heave, and I call it breathing.
(Anaïs Nin)

With my eyes closed, I would touch a familiar book and draw its fragrance deep inside me. This was enough to make me happy.
(Haruki Murakami)

I stepped into the bookshop and breathed in that perfume of paper and magic that strangely no one had ever thought of bottling.
(Carlos Ruiz Zafón)

He loved a book because it was a book; he loved its odor, its form, its title. What he loved in a manuscript was its old illegible date, the bizarre and strange Gothic characters, the heavy gilding which loaded its drawings. It was its pages covered with dust — dust of which he breathed the sweet and tender perfume with delight.
(Gustave Flaubert)

I whispered the thrilling words to myself, then lifted the book to my nose and breathed the ink from its pages. The scent of possibilities.
(Kate Morton)

This is how you read a novel: you inhale the experience. So start breathing.
(Azar Nafisi)



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