Every now and then I will come across one of these delightful little books and I always pick them up. Though I must say they don't show up very often.
Another lovely thing about them is they were published with covers of various covers. Pink, green, yellow, red and bray are the colours of the ones I have.
For interest I am including a bit from the Forward of Vol. II that gives some insight into the thinking of the day.
The first number of The Penguin New Writing was launched in the autumn of last year, and in a very few weeks more than justified the belief I had long held,and which Allen Lane had shared with me, that the magazine was capable of appealing to a far wider public than the original an dmore expensive volumes could ever reach. This is only the second number; but the success of the first has already encouraged us to enlarge its scope and to turn it into something which, we think, is entirely new in journalism and meets an urgent demand of the times." by John Lehmann, Penguin New Writing Magazine Vol 2, Jan 1941.
The magazines number in my inventory are listed below:
Penguin New Writing
PNW 1: Jan 1941 reprint (dark orange)
PNW 2: Jan 1941 (red)
PNW 5: April 1941 (olive green)
PNW 9: 1941 (beige)
PNW 17: 1943 (gray)
PNW 19: 1944 (dark yellow)
PNW 20: 1944 (pink)
PNW 21: 1944 (gray)
PNW 22: 1944 (brown)
PNW 23: 1945 (gray)
PNW 24: 1945 (green)
PNW 25: 1945 (red) Note on inside front cover stating price to go up 1 Jan 1946 to 1 shilling
PNW 26: 1945 (brown)
PNW 27: 1946 (light green w/ blue and green illustration)
PNW 28: 1946 (yellow with brown and yellow illustration)
PNW 29: 1947 (brown with brown and green illustration)
PNW 30: 1947 (gray with grey and brown illustration)
PNW 31: 1947 (dark green with dark green and light green illustration)
PNW 32: 1947 (dark pink with dark pink and gray illustration)
PNW 33: 1948 (Grey with purple illustration)
PNW 34: 1948 (green with red and green illustration)
PNW 35: 1948 (blue with blue and green illustration)
PNW 36: 1949 (brown with brown and yellow illustration)
PNW 37: 1949 (red with blue/grey and red illustration)
PNW 38: 1949 (orange with orange and yellow illustration)
PNW 39: 1950 (yellow w/ Penguin Logo in background)
PNW 40: 1950 (grey with Penguin Logo in background)