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Penguin Books - Ionicus Covers

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1TheHagMan
Fev 13, 2011, 9:49 am

Hi everyone,
I have a small collection of PGW books issued by Penguin, with the colour ionicus illustrated covers.
Does anyone know how many titles were released in this series?
As I would like to complete the collection.
Thanks in advance - Michael

2abbottthomas
Fev 13, 2011, 5:56 pm

I can't help with numbers, I'm afraid, but I have 25 of the Ionicus covered PGW books. You can search for 'ionicus' as a tag in my library to see if I have any you don't. Good luck with your completion.

3TheHagMan
Fev 13, 2011, 10:50 pm

Thanks for the reply. Very nice library by the way.
I checked your covers and with the information I have so far found - I have 46 ionicus covers I have located, so far.

I actually collect the same one's that you have collected, where the authors name is curved at the bottom and straight along the top, but I found images of about 7 or 8 that look like a later series, where they have changed the style of the name. So I am wondering if Penguin had a series of wodehouse books they published for the first time maybe in the late 80's/90's? As I haven't come across any earlier versions, with the curved authors name on the web.

I have just 20 books from the series, but would like to complete the set.
If anyone has any more info - I'd appreciate it.

I will try and add a list of what I have found so far, when I get a little time - hopefully this weekend. Thanks

4thorold
Editado: Fev 14, 2011, 3:57 am

According to this Telegraph obituary reproduced on Wodehouse.ru, Ionicus did 58 Wodehouse covers for Penguin. They don't say whether those were 58 different books, though. I don't have very many Ionicus covers myself.

5dpbrewster
Editado: Fev 15, 2011, 9:44 pm

The obituary in The Independent http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/obituary-ionicus-1142664.html indicated 50 covers. I have no idea which is correct. The UK National Archive indicates 58 covers as well.

6TheHagMan
Fev 23, 2011, 4:13 am

Well the weekend passed in a flash as usual and I never got around to the list. Thanks for the information so I am looking at 50-58 Ionicus covers.

I have the hardback version of "Sunset over Blandings" with an Ionicus cover and wanted to ask if there were any other hardback versions with his work on them?

7IanFryer
Fev 25, 2011, 6:17 am

Perhaps we could help by posting lists of which Wodehouse books with Ionicus covers we have in our collections. Once enough information is in we can look at putting a master list together.

8benjclark
Fev 25, 2011, 11:02 am

Maybe we can request another work-to-work relationship from Jeremy: Same Cover Artist.

9thorold
Fev 26, 2011, 7:29 am

>7 IanFryer: Since I only have a handful, it's easy enough to do.
My Ionicii:
The mating season *
Stiff upper lip, Jeeves *
The adventures of Sally
The man with two left feet
Piccadilly Jim
Uneasy money
Pearls, girls and Monty Bodkin
Cocktail time

The two marked * are 11x18 cm with the title at the top and the author's name stretched into an arch (1970s??); the rest are 13x20cm with the title below the illustration and straight author's name above it (1980s, probably). All priced for the UK market.

10abbottthomas
Mar 11, 2011, 6:51 pm

I have re-scanned my Ionicus covers so there are rather crisper images available.

11LolaWalser
Mar 25, 2012, 10:32 am

I like the arched ones. Oh dear. Another mini-collectomania to account for.

I have Aunts aren't gentlemen so far. Not very far. Not very far at all.

12jasfred
Set 13, 2013, 8:19 am

Hello. There are said to be 58 Ionicus covers to PGW books and after many years I now have all 58. Here is a list of the titles:
Adventures of Sally, The
Aunts Aren’t Gentlemen
Bachelors Anonymous
Big Money
Blandings Castle and Elsewhere
Carry on Jeeves
Cocktail Time
Code of the Woosters, The
Company for Henry
Damsel in distress, A
Do Butlers Burgle Banks?
Doctor Sally
Eggs, Beans and Crumpets
Full Moon
Galahad at Blandings
Girl in Blue, The
Heart of a goof, The
Heavy Weather
Hot Water
Indiscretions of Archie, The
Inimitable Jeeves, The
Jeeves in the Offing
Laughing gas
Leave it to Psmith
Life at Blandings (anthology)
Little Nugget, The
Lord Emsworth and others
Luck of the Bodkins, The
Man Upstairs, The
Man with Two Left Feet, The
Mating Season, The
Meet Mr Mulliner
Money in the Bank
Much Obliged Jeeves
Mulliner Nights
Pearls, Girls and Monty Bodkin
Pelican at Blandings, A
Piccadilly Jim
Pigs have Wings
Psmith in the City
Psmith Journalist
Quick Service
Right Ho! Jeeves
Sam the Sudden
Service with a Smile
Something Fresh
Spring Fever
Stiff Upper Lip, Jeeves
Summer Lightning
Summer Moonshine
Sunset at Blandings
Tales of St Austin’s
Ukridge
Uncle Fred in the Springtime
Uneasy Money
Very Good Jeeves
Vintage Wodehouse (R Usborne, ed)
Young Men in Spats

Total above = 58

13abbottthomas
Set 13, 2013, 9:56 am

12>. Awesome!

14stevewise555
Out 2, 2017, 8:44 am

I have been trying to compile a list of all the ionicus covers with a view to collecting a complete set of the books. The entries on this site are proving extremely useful in this.

In doing this I believe I have found some additions to the list above

The Small Bachelor
https://www.librarything.com/work/274388

Wodehouse on Wodehouse
https://www.librarything.com/work/274540
Not a novel, but it does have an Ionicus cover

The Immortal World of P.G.Wodehouse
This is not listed here but I found details on this blog
http://ionicusandwodehouse.blogspot.co.uk/
This provides pictures of the cover, which appears to be specially commissioned - I don't think they it has been lifted from some other book.

There are actually two anthologies called Life at Blandings

One contains Soemthing Fresh, Summer Lightning and Heavy Weather but uses the cover for Summer Lightning

The other has a special cover and contains 5 books - Full Moon, Galahad at Blandings, Heavy Weather, Uncle Fred in the Springtime and Leave it to Psmith

One small correction to the list - Indiscretions of Archie is called just that - not The Indiscretions of Archie

cheers

steve