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The book covers of the three earliest Penguin Classics versions of The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau (L33): (from left to right) the original 1953 edition designed by Jan Tschichold, the early 1970s edition designed by Germano Facetti, and an edition from the 1990s.

CHECKLIST OF THE 'L' SERIES OF PENGUIN CLASSICS
From the beginning of Penguin Classic series in 1945 until 1969 when ISBNs took over, each Penguin Classic volume was given a unique 'L' serial number (L1, L2, etc.).

Serial No./Author/Title/Translator or Editor/First Edition Date
L1 - Homer – The Odyssey - E V Rieu - 1945
L2 - Maupassant – Boule de Suif and Other Stories - H N P Sloman - 1946
L3 - Sophocles – The Theban Plays - E F Watling - 1947
L4 - Voltaire – Candide - John Butt - 1947
L5 - Tacitus – On Britain and Germany (later reissued as: The Agricola and the Germania) - H Mattingly - 1948
L6 - Dante – The Divine Comedy I: Hell - Dorothy L Sayers - 1949
L7 - Xenophon – The Persian Expedition - Rex Warner -1949
L8 - Virgil – The Pastoral Poems (The Ecologues) - E V Rieu - 1949
L9 - Turgenev – On the Eve - Gilbert Gardiner - 1950
L10 - Cervantes – Don Quixote - J M Cohen - 1950

L11 - Apuleius – The Golden Ass - Robert Graves - 1950
L12 - Goethe – Faust, Part One - Philip Wayne - 1949
L13 - Abbe Prevost – Manon Lescaut - L W Tannock - 1949
L14 - Homer – The Iliad - E V Rieu - 1950
L15 - Flaubert – Madame Bovary - Alan Russell - 1950
L16 - Ibsen – Three Plays (The Pillars of the Community/The Wild Duck/Hedda Gabler) - Una Ellis-Fermor - 1950
L17 - Balzac – Old Goriot - Marion Ayton Crawford - 1951
L18 - Lucretius – On the Nature of the Universe - Ronald Latham - 1951
L19 - Chehov – Three Plays (The Cherry Orchard/Three Sisters/Ivanov) - Elisaveta Fen - 1951
L20 - Maupassant – Miss Harriet and Other Stories - H N P Sloman - 1951

L21 - Caesar – The Conquest of Gaul - S A Handford - 1951
L22 - Chaucer – The Canterbury Tales - Nevill Coghill - 1951
L23 - Dostoyevsky – Crime and Punishment - David Magarshack - 1951
L24 - Plato – The Symposium - W Hamilton - 1951
L25 - Dumas – The Three Musketeers - Lord Sudley - 1952
L26 - Camoens – The Lusiads - William K Atkinson - 1952
L27 - Thomas a Kempis – The Imitation of Christ - Leo Sherley-Price - 1952
L28 - Sophocles – Electra and Other Plays (Philoctetes/Women of Tracis/Electra/Ajax) - E F Watling - 1953
L29 - Mediaeval Latin Lyrics - Helen Waddell - 1952
L30 - Stendhal – Scarlet and Black - Margaret R B Shaw - 1953

L31 - Euripides – Alcestis and Other Plays (Hippolytus/Iphigenia in Tauris/Alcestis) - Philip Vellacott - 1953
L32 - The Four Gospels - E V Rieu - 1952
L33 - Rousseau – The Confessions - J M Cohen - 1953
L34 - Herodotus – The Histories - Aubrey de Sélincourt - 1954
L35 - Dostoyevsky – The Devils - David Magarshack - 1953
L36 - Moliere – Five Plays (later titled as: The Miser and Other Plays)(The Would-Be Gentleman/The Scoundrel Scapin/ The Miser/Love's Best Doctor/Don Juan) - John Wood - 1953
L37 - Plato – The Last Days of Socrates - Hugh Tredennick - 1954
L38 - Chehov – The Seagull and Other Plays {The Seagull/Uncle Vania/The Bear/The Proposal/A Jubilee) - Elisaveta Fen - 1954
L39 - Thucydides – The Peloponnesian War - Rex Warner - 1954
L40 - Goncharov - Oblomov - David Magarshack - 1954

L41 - Tolstoy – Anna Karenin - Rosemary Edmonds - 1954
L42 - Bede – A History of the English Church and People - Leo-Sherley-Price - 1955
L43 - Aesop – Fables - S A Handford - 1954
L44 - Euripides – The Bacchae and Other Plays (Ion/The Women of Troy/Helen/The Bacchae) - Philip Vellacott - 1954
L45 - Zola – Germinal - L W Tancock - 1954
L46 - Dante – The Divine Comedy II: Purgatory - Dorothy L Sayers - 1955
L47 - Rabelais – The History of Gargantua and Pantagruel - J M Cohen - 1955
L48 - Plato – The Republic - H D P Lee - 1955
L49 - Cellini – Autobiography - George Bull - 1956
L50 - Balzac – Eugénie Grandet - Marion Ayton Crawford - 1955

L51 - Virgil – The Aeneid - W F Jackson Knight - 1956
L52 - The Koran - N J Dawood - 1956
L53 - Ibsen – The Master Builder and Other Plays - Una Ellis-Fermor - 1958
L54 - Dostoyevsky – The Idiot - David Magarshack - 1955
L55 - Aristotle – The Ethics - J A K Thomson - 1955
L56 - St Luke – The Acts of the Apostles - C H Rieu - 1957
L57 - Marco Polo – The Travels - Ronald Latham - 1958
L58 - Ovid – The Metamorphoses - Mary M Innes - 1955
L59 - Longus – Daphnis and Chloe - Paul Turner - 1956
L60 - Tacitus – The Annals of Imperial Rome (AKA On Imperial Rome) - Michael Grant - 1956

L61 - Stendhal – The Charterhouse of Parma - M R B Shaw - 1958
L62 - Tolstoy – War and Peace, vol. 1 - Rosemary Edmonds - 1957
L63 - Tolstoy – War and Peace, vol. 2 - Rosemary Edmonds - 1957
L64 - The Thousand and One Nights - N J Dawood - 1955
L65 - Maupassant – The Mountain Inn and Other Stories - H N P Sloman - 1955
L66 - Lucan – Pharsalia - Robert Graves - 1956
L67 - Aeschylus – The Oresteian Trilogy (Agamemnon/The Choephori/The Eumenides) - Philip Vellacott - 1956
L68 - Plato – Protagoras and Meno - W K C Guthrie - 1956
L69 - Perrault – Fairy Stories - Geoffrey Brereton -1957
L70 - Beowulf - David Wright

L71 - Aladdin and Other Tales from the Thousand and One Nights - N J Dawood - 1957
L72 - Suetonius – The Twelve Caesars - Robert Graves - 1957
L73 - St Teresa - The Life of Teresa of Avila by Herself - J M Cohen - 1957
L74 - Hilton – The Ladder of Perfection - Leo Sherley-Price - 1957
L75 - The Song of Roland - Dorothy L Sayers - 1957
L76 - Two Satyr Plays: Euripides' Cylops; Sophocles' Icheutai - Roger Lancelyn Green - 1957
L77 - Della Casa – Galateo - R S Pine-Coffin - 1958
L78 - Dostoyevsky – The Brothers Karamazov, vol. 1 - David Magarshack - 1958
L79 - Dostoyevsky – The Brothers Karamazov, vol. 2 - David Magarshack - 1958
L80 - Balzac – Domestic Peace and Other Stories - Marion Ayton Crawford - 1958

L81 - Arrian – The Life of Alexander the Great - Aubrey de Sélincourt - 1958
L82 - Strindberg – Three Plays (The Father/Miss Julia/Easter) - Peter Watts - 1958
L83 - Montaigne – Essays - J M Cohen - 1958
L84 - Plutarch – Fall of the Roman Republic (Six Lives) - Rex Warner - 1958
L85 - Apollonius of Rhodes – The Voyages of Argo - E V Rieu - 1959
L86 - Huysmans – Against Nature - Robert Baldick - 1959
L87 - Langland – Piers the Ploughman - J F Goodridge - 1959
L88 - Buddhist Scriptures - Edward Conze - 1959
L89 - Moliere – The Misanthrope and Other Plays - John Wood - 1959
L90 - Josephus – The Jewish War - G A Williamson - 1959

L91 - Francis of Assisi – The Little Flowers of Saint Francis - Leo Sherley-Price - 1959
L92 - Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Brian Stone - 1959
L93 - Goethe – Faust (Part II) - Philip Wayne - 1959
L94 - Plato – Gorgias - W Hamilton - 1960
L95 - La Rochefoucauld – Maxims - L W Tancock - 1959
L96 - Chehov – Plays (The Cherry Orchard/The Seagull/Uncle Vania/Three Sisters and Three Short Plays) - Elisaveta Fen - 1959
L97 - Descartes – Discourse on Method - Arthur Wollaston - 1960
L98 - Gottfried von Strassburg – Tristan (with: Tristan of Thomas) - A T Hatto - 1960
L99 - Cicero – Selected Works (Against Verres-I, Twenty-Three Letters, the Second Philippic against Antony, On Duties-III, On Old Age) - Michael Grant - 1960
L100 - The Epic of Gilgamesh - N K Sandars - 1960





L101 - St John of the Cross – Poems - Roy Campbell - 1960
L102 - Plutarch – The Rise and Fall of Athens (Nine Greek Lives) - Ian Scott-Kilvert - 1960
L103 - Njal's Saga - Magnus Magnusson/Hermann Pálsson - 1960
L104 - Livy – The Early History of Rome (Books I-IV) - Aubrey de Sélincourt - 1960
L105 - Dante – The Divine Comedy III: Paradise - Dorothy L Sayers/Barbara Reynolds - 1962
L106 - Flaubert – Three Tales - Robert Baldick - 1961
L107 - Machiavelli – The Prince - George Bull - 1961
L108 - The Cloud of Unknowing - Clifton Wolters - 1961
L109 - Tolstoy – The Cossacks/The Death of Ivan Ilyich/Happy Ever After - Rosemary Edmonds - 1960
L110 - Pascal – The Pensées - J M Cohen - 1961

L111 - Wu Ch'eng-en – Monkey - Arthur Waley -1961
L112 - Aeschylus – Prometheus and Other Plays (Prometheus Bound/The Suppliants/Seven Against Thebes/The Persians) - Philip Vellacott - 1961
L113 - Gogol – Dead Souls - David Magarshack - 1961
L114 - St Augustine – The Confessions - R S Pine-Coffin - 1961
L115 - Maupassant – Bel-Ami - H N P Sloman - 1961
L116 - Laclos – Les Liaisons Dangereuses - P W K Stone - 1961
L117 - Lucian – Satirical Sketches - Paul Turner - 1961
L118 - Nietzsche – Thus Spake Zarathustra - R J Hollingdale - 1961
L119 - Pushkin – The Queen of Spades and Other Stories - Rosemary Edmonds - 1962
L120 - Zola – Thérèse Raquin - L W Tancock - 1962

L121 - The Bhagavad Gita - Juan Mascaró - 1962
L122 - Racine – Phaedra and Other Plays (Iphegenia/Phaedra/Athaliah) - John Cairncross - 1963
L123 - Diaz – The Conquest of New Spain - J M Cohen - 1963
L124 - Joinville and Villehardouin – Chronicles of the Crusades - M R B Shaw - 1963
L125 - Aristotle – The Politics - T A Sinclair - 1963
L126 - Voltaire – Zadig and L'Ingénu - John Butt - 1964
L127 - The Letters of the Younger Pliny - Betty Radice - 1963
L128 - Gower – Confessio Amantis - Terence Tiller - 1963
L129 - Euripides – Medea and Other Plays - Philip Vellacott - 1963
L130 - Dante – The New Life (La Vita Nuova) - William Anderson - 1963

L131 - Lao Tzu – Tao te Ching - D C Lau - 1963
L132 - Sallust – The Jugurthine War/The Conspiracy of Cataline - S A Handford - 1963
L133 - Beaumarchais – The Barber of Seville/The Marriage of Figaro - John Wood - 1964
L134 - Constant – Adolphe - L W Tancock - 1964
L135 - Ibsen – Ghosts and Other Plays (Ghosts/A Public Enemy/When We Dead Awake) - Peter Watts - 1964
L136 - Plautus – The Rope and Other Plays - E F Watling - 1964
L137 - The Nibelungenlied - A T Hatto - 1965
L138 - Eusebius – The History of Church from Christ to Constantine - G A Williamson - 1965
L139 - Tolstoy – Childhood, Boyhood, Youth - Rosemary Edmonds - 1964
L140 - Marcus Aurelius – Meditations - Maxwell Staniforth - 1964

L141 - Flaubert – Sentimental Education - Robert Baldick - 1964
L142 - Rojas – The Spanish Bawd - J M Cohen - 1964
L143 - Chekhov – Lady with a Lapdog and Other Stories - David Magarshack - 1964
L144 - Mediaeval English Verse - Brian Stone - 1964
L145 - Livy – The War with Hannibal - Aubrey de Sélincourt/Betty Radice - 1965
L146 - Ibsen – A Doll's House and Other Plays (The League of Youth; A Doll's House; The Lady from the Sea) - Peter Watts - 1965
L147 - Turgenev – Fathers and Sons - Rosemary Edmonds - 1965
L148 - The Memoirs of Chateaubriand - Robert Baldick - 1965
L149 - Plautus – The Pot of Gold and Other Plays - E F Watling - 1965
L150 - Tacitus – The Histories - Kenneth Wellesley - 1964

L151 - Pushkin – Eugene Onegin - Babette Deutsch/Avrahm Yarmolinksky - 1964
L152 - Aristophanes – The Frogs and Other Plays - David Barrett - 1964
L153 - Lives of the Saints - J F Webb - 1965
L154 - The Vinland Sagas: The Norse Discovery of America - Magnus Magnusson/Hermann Pálsson - 1965
L155 - Classical Literary Criticism: Aristotle, Horace, Longinus - T S Dorsch - 1965
L156 - Terence – The Brothers and Other Plays - Betty Radice - 1965
L157 - Poems of the Late T'ang - A C Graham - 65
L158 - Plutarch – Makers of Rome - Ian Scott-Kilvert - 1965
L159 - Petronius – The Satyricon and the Fragments - John Sullivan - 1965
L160 - Balzac – Cousin Bette - Marion Ayton Crawford - 1965

L161 - Maupassant – A Woman's Life - H N P Sloman - 1965
L162 - Plato – Timaeus - H D P Lee - 1965
L163 - The Upanishads - Juan Mascaró - 1965
L164 - Vasari – The Lives of the Artists - George Bull - 1965
L165 - Moore – Utopia - Paul Turner - 1965
L166 - The Poems of Propertius - A E Watts - 1966
L167 - Ibsen – Peer Gynt - Peter Watts - 1966
L168 - Mérimée – Carmen/Colomba - Edward Marielle - 1965
L169 - Psellus – Fourteen Byzantine Rulers - E R A Sewter - 1966
L170 - Geoffrey of Monmouth – The History of the Kings of Britain - Lewis Thorpe

L171 - Pascal – Pensées - A J Krailsheimer - 1966
L172 - The Earliest English Poems - Michael Alexander - 1966
L173 - Diderot – Rameau's Nephew/D'Alembert's Dream - L W Tancock - 1966
L174 - Seneca – Four Tragedies/Octavia - E F Watling - 1966
L175 - Xenophon – A History of My Times - Rex Warner - 1966
L176 - Lermontov – A Hero of Our Time - Paul Foote - 1966
L177 - Julian of Norwich – Revelations of Divine Love - Clifton Wolters - 1966
L178 - Gorky – My Childhood - Ronald Wilks - 1966
L179 - Dostoyevsky – The Gambler/Bobok/A Nasty Story - Jessie Coulson - 1966
L180 - The Poems of Catullus - Peter Whigham - 1966

L181 - Perez Galdos – Miau - J M Cohen - 1966
L182 - Procopius – The Secret History - G A Williamson - 1966
L183 - King Harald's Saga - Magnus Magnusson/Hermann Pálsson - 1966
L184 - Tolstoy – Resurrection - Vera Traill - 1966
L185 - Basho – The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches - Nobuyuki Yuasa - 1966
L186 - Turgenev – Sketches in a Hunter's Album - Richard Freeborn - 1967
L187 - Caesar – The Civil War - Jane F Mitchell - 1967
L188 - The Odes of Horace - James Michie - 1967
L189 - The Golden Casket: Chinese Novellas of Two Millenia - Christopher Levison - 1967
L190 - Fontane – Effi Briest - Douglas Parmée - 1967

L191 - Terence – Phormios and Other Plays - Betty Radice - 1967
L192 - Castiglione – The Book of the Courtier - George Bull - 1967
L193 - Theophrastus – The Characters; Meander – Plays and Fragments - Philip Vellacott - 1967
L194 - Juvenal – The Sixteen Satires - Peter Green - 1967
L195 - Racine – Andromache and Other Plays - John Cairncross - 1967
L196 - Pascal – The Provincial Letters - A J Krailsheimer - 1967
L197 - Early Christian Writings: The Apostolic Fathers - Maxwell Staniforth - 1968
L198 - Poems from the Sanskrit - John Brough - 1968
L199 - Anthology of Japanese Literature to the Nineteenth Century - Donald Keene - 1968
L200 - Froissart - Chronicles - Geofrrey Brereton - 1968


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