A beautifully designed limited edition book bringing together the best of Penrose taken from years that Herbert Spencer was editor (1964-73).

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Penrose 1964-73

From 1964-73 Herbert Spencer (of Typographica fame) edited the Penrose Annual, creating some of the most collectible volumes of its 87 year history.

The Penrose Annual was a London-based review of graphic arts. Penrose began in 1895as Process Work Yearbook – Penrose's Annual. Lund Humphries has printed the publication since 1897 and has been responsible for its content since 1906 until selling Penrose to Northwood Publications Limited, part of the Thompson Corporation, in 1974.

Edited by William Gamble from 1895 to 1933 then Richard Bertram Fishenden from 1934 to 1957. Allan Delafons then took over as editor from the delayed 1958 volume number 52 until the 1962 volume number 56. There was no Penrose annual for 1963 and it re-appeared in 1964 with a new editor, Herbert Spencer, who continued until the 66th volume in 1973, when the title was sold to Northwood. Bryan Smith then edited two volumes before handing over to Penrose's final editor, Clive Goodacre (initially assisted by Stanley Greenwood). Goodacre edited Penrose until Northwood closed the publication down in 1982 - the last volume is number 74.

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Penrose 1964-73

We looked at content across 6 categories and featured the 'best of' in each.

We reviewed each volume and carefully selected the most outstanding pieces for the book. Extracting the essence of their core communication and categorizing them into six distinct areas of focus.