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1960s Colette Vintage Penguin Collection

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1960s Colette Vintage Penguin Collection. Lovely unofficial collection of vintage 1960s Penguin paperbacks by French writer Colette. Overall, the collection is in good condition. Some books have a few ink marks on title pages, see below for details. Printing dates range from 1963 and 1968. 

Colette was a French writer and queer icon. She was also an actress, journalist, and mime. Colette is best known for her 1944 novella Gigi, whose stage production helped to launch the career of Audrey Hepburn. Her writing style was a “blend of the sophisticated and the natural, laced with all the subtle cadences of sensuous pleasures and intuitive acumen.” (Britannica). She was the first woman in France to be given a state funeral in French history. Before her death, journalist and writer Katherine Anne Porter wrote in the New York Times that Colette "is the greatest living French writer of fiction; and that she was while Gide and Proust still lived.”


Claudine and Annie, 1963. Some light shelfwear. Previous owner's name on first page. No other markings inside. Good condition. 

My Mother's House, 1968. Some slight shelfwear. Small "7'6" inked on back cover. No markings inside. Good condition. 

Claudine at School, 1963. Some light shelfwear. Shadow of previous price sticker on cover. No markings inside. Good condition. 

Claudine in Paris, 1963. Some wear to spine. Brown paint stain to bottom corner of back cover. No markings inside. Good condition. 

My Apprenticeships & Music-Hall Sidelights, 1967. Previous price sticker on cover. Red ink scribbles on title page. Some wear to spine and edges. Good condition. 

Claudine Married, 1963. No markings, near fine.