Around the middle of last year I made one of these, just for the pleasure of sewing those lines and pinning those pins: The Marber Grid, rendered in cotton thread and map pins on a canvas board. A tribute to Romek's very clever system that brought unity to so many Penguin and Pelican covers through the 60s and 70s.
It was pretty well received on the social medias back then and again more recently when I made one for friend-from-the-internet Daniel Benneworth-Gray. So I'm now offering to make them to order.
The grid is re-created, by hand, at actual size, as the great designer intended it, i.e. Penguin and Pelican paperback size. I've mounted mine in a 30 x 40cm Gunnabo from IKEA, which has the necessary extra depth for the map pins and I'd be happy to supply the 'Homage' framed the same way, or you can take care of framing yourself.
There's a bit of work involved but I'm keeping my pricing as tight as a taut thread, hence: Framed: £65 / Unframed: £55
Happy to include UK postage and packaging in that cost but will have to charge a little extra if you're elsewhere – I'll let you know how much before you commit. If you'd like one email me by clicking here. We can arrange payment through PayPal (if you don't have an account it's really easy to sign up). Allow around two to three weeks for me to make your 'Homage to Romek'.
Map pins mark the critical grid points:
One grey thread represents the broken line on RM's original drawing.
Of all the Pelican Books, it had to happen on this one. If you've ever scrutinised Marber's grid construction you'll know Romek worked hard to allow for any eventuality. Including what to do with a long and/or awkward title.
Compared to the original diagram this cover seams to deviate only very slightly; the original didn't feature that 'a' before 'Pelican Book' and had a lining up point on its 'P' but the principal was the same. And yet that title; well, it's wrong isn't it? Kind of centred but of course not quite, because it's not supposed to be. Should the "Years of" have been run onto the next line? Easily fixed…
A bit of a shame because despite the rather sloppy composition on the cover, inside it's an exceptional, particularly well illustrated Pelican.
Gijs Sierman emailed me through my Flickr account last week. Knowing of my deep-rooted love of the pelecanidae waterfowl named paperbacks, he thought I might be interested in his limited edition, and I must say, strangely magnificent shirts. For his someshirt project, bespoke fabrics are printed in order to cut and craft just 60 shirts. Too tailored for my ever expanding self and somewhat out of my price range, they are, undeniably unique. It's not a shirt you'd…ehum…leave on the…you know…
Much to the delight of the rest of my family, I got ALL of my Penguin and Pelican paperbacks out last week. Took a few photos but also updated my Flickr sets with design credits for Main Series, Crime, Education, Specials and Pelicans.