40+ Gift-Worthy Books from Penguin Clothbound Classics

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Penguin Clothbound Classics presents beautiful gift-worthy hardcover editions of beloved classic literature. Each book has a minimal and unique cover design, and award-winning designer Coralie Bickford-Smith designs them. Coralie’s talent gives these books a modern, elegant look. When you see them at a book store, I am pretty sure you would want to buy the entire collection at that moment!

Moreover, Penguin Clothbound Classics are the literary classics; everyone should have them in their library. My first book from this collection was Dostoyevsky’s “Crime and Punishment.” After that, I started collecting these beautifully designed books.

What are the Best Books from Penguin Clothbound Classics?

For me, almost every book from this collection is the best! But if I need to make a top-five list, I would choose Cervantes’ Don Quixote, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables and Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. 

Below, you will find almost fifty beautiful books from Penguin Clothbound Classics! Mostly, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, however, you can judge these books by their covers!

There are many reasons why math people should read Alice in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Lewis Carroll, the book’s author, was a mathematician and logician. The story is full of mathematical references and puzzles. In addition, the story is full of mind-bending concepts that will make you think about math in a new way.

If you are looking for a fun and challenging read, then be sure to check out Alice in Wonderland! Not only will math people enjoy math-based puzzles and references, but they will also be exposed to new ideas and perspectives that can help expand their mathematical knowledge. Alice in Wonderland is a story that math people of all ages can appreciate and benefit from. So if you are looking for an intriguing book that combines math and fantasy, Alice in Wonderland is the read for you.

The math and logic puzzles in Alice in Wonderland can help math people practice their problem-solving skills while also enjoying a classic story. Moreover, it is a great way to stimulate your mind with new ideas and perspectives on math.

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a book by Arthur Conan Doyle with twelve short stories about his made-up detective, Sherlock Holmes. It came out for the first time on October 14, 1892. Between June 1891 and July 1892, each story was published in The Strand Magazine. The stories are not in order of time, and Holmes and Dr. Watson are the only characters who appear in all twelve.

From Watson’s point of view, the stories are told in the first person. Most of the time, the stories in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes point out societal wrongs and try to fix them. Holmes is portrayed as a new kind of justice that is fairer. The stories were liked, and the number of people subscribed to The Strand Magazine increased. This meant that Doyle could ask for more money for his next set of stories.

The first story, “A Scandal in Bohemia,” features a character named Irene Adler. Doyle only wrote about her in this one story, but she is a major character in modern adaptations of Sherlock Holmes, usually as Holmes’s love interest. Doyle chose “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” as his favorite of the twelve stories in this collection. He also chose “The Adventure of the Speckled Band” as his favorite Sherlock Holmes story.

Don Quixote has spent so much time reading about knights and chivalry that he thinks he should be a knight errant himself. When he goes on these adventures with his loyal squire, Sancho Panza, they turn out in all kinds of wonderful ways. Unlike Don Quixote, who is often led astray by his fancy and thinks that the windmills he tilts at are giants, Sancho learns to be smart and clever. The wise fool and the sane madman travel the world together, and for almost 400 years, the combination of the two characters has made readers’ minds go crazy.

Miguel de Cervantes wrote the book Don Quixote, which is thought to be the first modern novel because of its experimental style and clever writing. John Rutherford did a masterful job translating the book for this Penguin Classics edition. This translation shows how lively and funny Cervantes’s writing is.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is an exciting adventure story! Three men travel with the mysterious Captain Nemo on his submarine, the Nautilus, on an epic journey under the sea. During their crazy trip, they meet the lost city of Atlantis, the South Pole, and the corals of the Red Sea. Along the way, they have to fight against many people and monsters. This great work of fiction shows how science can be used to do anything and how dark the human mind can be.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy is a classic novel about Russian society during the Napoleonic era. Tolstoy masterfully weaves his characters’ personal and political lives, creating a vivid and nuanced portrayal of 19th-century Russia. From the love affairs of the aristocracy to the chaos and destruction of war, War and Peace remain a timeless masterpiece that explores the complexities of human nature and the nature of war itself. Filled with rich detail and unforgettable characters, Tolstoy’s novel is a testament to the power of literature to capture the essence of the human experience.


The first stop on Marco Polo’s journey, which took place in 1271, was in China. After that, he was Kublai Khan’s representative on a number of diplomatic missions throughout the Far East. His subsequent account of his travels offers a fascinating glimpse of what he encountered abroad, including foreign religions, new customs and societies, the spices and silks of the East, and the precious gems, exotic vegetation, and wild beasts of faraway lands. The book by Marco Polo, considered one of the best travel accounts ever written due to its ability to vividly and immediately bring to life a world that has been long gone, revolutionized Western ideas about the East, which were unknown at the time. The new translation by Nigel Cliff is a contemporary and authoritative rendering based on the original medieval sources. It also includes a lively introduction and notes.

Over the course of more than seventy years, Penguin has maintained its position as the preeminent publisher of works of canonical literature in the global English-speaking market. Penguin Classics has more than 1,700 titles and represents a global bookshelf of the most important and influential works from all time periods, literary traditions, academic fields, and other categories. Readers have faith that the series will provide authoritative texts that have been augmented by introductions and notes written by renowned academics and contemporary authors, in addition to translations that have been brought up to date by translators who have won awards.

The classic coming-of-age story told by Charles Dickens is now available in a stunning clothbound Penguin edition. This is the book that Dickens referred to as his “favorite child,” and it is widely regarded as the most autobiographical book of his works. Dickens draws openly and revealingly on his own life throughout the course of David’s narration of his experiences, which span from his childhood to the time when he realized that becoming a successful novelist was his calling. In addition to Mr. Micawber, a portrait of Dickens’s father who evokes feelings of love, nostalgia, and guilt, the cast includes the gloriously vivid Rosa Dartle, Dora, Steerforth, and the ‘humble Uriah Heep. Also featured is the gloriously vivid Rosa Dartle. The great Bildungsroman written by Dickens (which is partially based on his own childhood) is a work brimming with life, both comedic and tragic. The Pickwick Papers, Charles Dickens’s (1812–1970) debut novel, catapulted him to instant fame, and he never turned his back on literary greatness after that. In the course of his extraordinarily busy life, he wrote, campaigned, and gave speeches on a vast array of topics. He was also involved in many of the most important aspects of Victorian life, and he was, at various times, persuasive, moving, and irritating. He finished writing fourteen novels of substantial length in addition to volume after volume of journalism. He referred to David Copperfield as his “favorite child” out of all of his many published works. Jeremy Tambling is currently serving as the University of Manchester’s Professor of Literature.

The tale of Mowgli, the orphaned “man-cub” who wolves raise in the jungles of Central India, is widely regarded as one of the most important and influential works of literature ever produced. Mowgli faces some of the most memorable animals in the jungle, including the bear Baloo, the graceful black panther Bagheera, and Shere Khan, the tiger with the blazing eyes, as he embarks on a series of exciting adventures. Other animal tales included in The Jungle Books include “Rikki-Tikki-tav,” which depicts a dramatic conflict between good and evil, and “The Undertakers,” which is a macabre comedy about funeral directors. With The Jungle Books, Rudyard Kipling created a rich, symbolic portrait of man and nature as well as an eternal classic of childhood literature. He did this by drawing on ancient beast fables, Buddhist philosophy, and memories of his childhood spent in Anglo-India. This edition includes both of Kipling’s Jungle Books, as well as the short story “In the Rukh,” which is the one that first introduced readers to Mowgli.

These delectable and collectible editions are bound in high-quality, tactile cloth with foil stamped into the design. They are a part of the gorgeous Hardcover Classics series published by Penguin, which was designed by the multi-award-winning Coralie Bickford-Smith.

The great masterpiece was written by Daniel Defoe and is now available in a stunning new clothbound edition designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith, winner of multiple design awards. These delightful and collectible Penguin editions have been bound in high-quality, colorful, and textured cloth, and foil stamping has been incorporated into the design. “I walked about on the shore, lifting up my hands, and my whole being, as I may say, wrapped up in the contemplation of my deliverance… reflecting upon all of my comrades that were drowned, and that there should not be one soul sav’d but myself… ” “I walked about on the shore, lifting up my hands, and my whole being, as I may say, wrapped up in the contemplation of my deliverance… ” Who among us has not daydreamed about living on a remote island, far removed from the rest of civilization? This is the book that has been the catalyst for countless imitations by other authors, but none of them have been able to match the strength and originality of Defoe’s well-known book. After being stranded on an island by a terrible storm at sea, Robinson Crusoe is forced to make do with only the items he brought with him: a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He figures out how to construct a canoe, bake bread, and survive in the most extreme conditions of isolation. That is until he comes face to face with another human being twenty-four years later. Robinson Crusoe, which was released to the public for the first time in 1719, has been hailed as one of the best novels written in the English language by eminent authors such as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Johnson. “Robinson Crusoe has a universal appeal because it is a story that gets to the very heart of what it means to be human.” Simon Armitage

The great American masterpiece was written by Mark Twain and is now available in a stunning new clothbound edition designed by Coralie Bickford-Smith, winner of multiple design awards. These delightful and collectible Penguin editions have been bound in high-quality, colorful, and textured cloth, and foil stamping has been incorporated into the design. Mark Twain’s story about a boy who embarks on a picaresque journey down the Mississippi River on a raft did something that no other piece of literature had done before: it captured the voice and experience of the American frontier. When Huck manages to get away from his alcoholic father and the “civilizing” Widow Douglas alongside the fugitive slave Jim, he sets off on a series of adventures that eventually lead him into the middle of a feud between two families and into the clutches of a dishonest “Duke” and “Dauphin.” Underneath the shenanigans, however, are more serious undercurrents, such as slavery, adult control, and most importantly, Huck’s struggle between his natural goodness and the corrupt values of society, which threaten his profound and long-lasting friendship with Jim. Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, was born on November 30, 1835, in the town of Florida, Missouri. In 1853, he left his family behind and began working as a traveling type-setter to support himself. Four years later, he became an apprentice pilot on the Mississippi River, but his career was cut short when the American Civil War broke out. Clemens lived in Nevada and California for a total of five years, working as a journalist and also as a prospector. In February of 1863, he signed a humorous travel letter with the fictitious name “Mark Twain” for the very first time. In 1867, he took a trip throughout Europe and the Holy Land, which later inspired his first major book, The Innocents Abroad (1869). The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), A Tramp Abroad (1880), The Prince and the Pauper (1882), and his masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Fin (1884) are just some of the many books that he went on to write after that (1885). On April 21, 1910, Mark Twain passed away. Ernest Hemingway referred to it as “the best book we’ve had.”

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