With their masterly printing, art direction and savvy editorial, the Penrose Annual was a remarkably influential publication for modern graphic arts. First printed in the 90’s, the 1890’s that is, the annual was produced in the UK until 1971 by the inimitable fine arts publisher, Lund Humphries. From 1972 to is unfortunate demise in 1982, the Penrose was published by Northwood Publications Limited. We believe that, as a champion of design technology and modern principles of design, the Penrose is an excellent reference.
Penrose Graphic Arts Annual, Vol. 52, London, 1958
The jacket, designed by Arthur Spense, features a bold Baskerville typeface and simple geometric patches that overprint the knocked out title.
With its 200 pages, litho plates, and pullouts, Volume 52 of the London-based Penrose Graphice Arts Annual is a significant achievement in design and publishing. This is the first edition edited by Allan Delafons (there was a significant delay in its release attributed to the meticulous demands of the newly installed editor) and the sheer volume and breadth of the book is remarkable.