Art: Penguins' Progress

The publishers of London's Penguin Books, who have sold more than 180 million paperbacks at 10¢ to 70¢ apiece, are working up something special for art lovers: a 48-volume Pelican History of Art, bound in cloth covers and priced at $8.50 a volume. The new series, to be published over the next twelve years, will replace the only two comprehensive histories of art in existence—one in French, one in German and both now out of date.

When Penguin first started the project six years ago, it picked as its editor Nikolaus Pevsner, Slade professor...

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