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A is for Austen: Penguin’s Drop Caps series

Typography nuts should check out Penguin Drop Caps, a 26-volume hardcover series of classic literature featuring covers by type designer Jessica Hische, in collaboration with Penguin art director Paul Buckley. Hische is a sought-after designer and illustrator, whose distinctive typographical work appeared in Wes Anderson’s 2012 film Moonrise Kingdom.

The alphabet-inspired collection starts with “A” for Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and ends with “Z” for Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s The Shadow of the Wind.

There is also a Drop Caps parlour game: