Penguin’s Foiled Fitzgeralds and Friends
F. Scott Fitzgerald Novels
This pretty collection of F Scott Fitzgerald’s works was the first of Penguin’s foiled cover designs, designed by the brilliant Coralie Bickford-Smith and released in 2011. Coralie designed these delightful Art Deco cover patterns to evoke the elegance and glamour of the jazz age that is depicted in his stories, with the intent of showing a “sense of ornate detail fused with the modernist aesthetic of mechanical repetition”.
Le Carré's Espionage Novels
Five years later, the foiled design style was reinterpreted for a series of espionage titles by John Le Carré. The combination of metallic foil and matt paper feels good in the hand and looks stunning on the shelf. Each book includes a matching bookmark with quote that can be detached from the dust jacket.
In 2012, a one-off edition of The Wizard of Oz in a similar style was designed by Coralie and Jim Stoddart (the Art Director at Penguin Press) to be given as gifts at the retirement party of Margorie Scardino (CEO of Pearson at the time). Only a very limited number of these titles were produced (240 copies) so it is a very rare title to find (see more here: @jim_stoddart).
Books in Penguin's Foiled Classics Series
The Little Drummer Girl by John Le Carré
Penguin Classics (2016), isbn 9780241385579.
About: Charlie, a brilliant and beautiful young actress, is lured into ‘the theatre of the real’ by an Israeli intelligence officer. Forced to play her ultimate role, she is plunged into a deceptive and delicate trap set to ensnare an elusive Palestinian terrorist.