The Society was formed early in 1974 as the result of a meeting of a small band of enthusiasts in Richmond, Surrey. The first Newsletter was published in May 1974, listing 38 members: the first were Tanya and Hans Schmoller. Now there are several hundred members from around the world. The Society was memorably described by columnist Godfrey Smith (Sunday Times, 28 February 1982) as a 'club for the nicest kind of nutter'.
The Society's journal, The Penguin Collector, is published every six months, together with occasional "Miscellany" volumes. Articles and communications in The Penguin Collector, and meetings between members discuss and illuminate the history of Penguin and other early paperback publishers, provide bibliographic and publication details of the series and volumes, and offer guidance to collectors in their search for and upkeep of their collections.
Penguin Collectors' Society Miscellaneous Publications
These are compilations which update material from past publications, investigate specific areas of Penguin history in detail or serve to celebrate an important anniversary in the best Penguin tradition. Some of the early issues are listed here. Those that are still in print can be obtained from the Society.
1977 - Catalogue of Penguin Books to 1956
1980 - The King Penguin Series - David Hall1981 - Supplementary Catalogue of the Publications of Penguin Books 1956-1971
1982 - King Penguins: Their Place in 20th Century Publishing - Diana Bishop
1983 - Buildings of England: A Short History and Bibliography - Bridget Cherry
1986 - Miscellany 1 - Advertising in Penguins - Russell Edwards (ed.)
1987 - Miscellany 2 - For the Forces - Russell Edwards (ed.)
1988 - Index to the Society's Newsletter 1-30 - Russell Edwards (ed.)