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Colecção Argonauta 225–332

Contributed by Mathieu Triay on Jan 27th, 2019. Artwork published in
circa 1980
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    Nº 241 – Tigre! Tigre! (1977). Cover by Manuel Dias.
    Source: http://coleccaoargonauta.blogspot.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Nº 241 – Tigre! Tigre! (1977). Cover by Manuel Dias.

    The Colecção Argonauta is a collection of science fiction paperbacks published by Livros do Brasil in Lisbon, Portugal. It’s considered one of the pioneering collections responsible for the dissemination of science fiction in Portugal.

    The cover style changes from period to period but from number 225 till 332 (1976–1985), they were set in ITC Ronda, with alternate lowercase a. The publish house’s name is set in ITC Avant Garde Gothic at the bottom. From volume 225 till 300, the type was set in a different colour on a silver background, with an illustration below and the author name in upper and lowercase. From volume 301 till 332, the background changed to blue, the illustration is larger and the author name is set uppercase.

    The back of the book features the cover of the next volume with the mention “o seu próximo volume” (roughly, “your next volume”).

    Strangely, the switchover from the silver to the blue background was done between Valis volume 1 and 2 by Philip K. Dick leading to a pair of books with different design (but a clean break at number 300). Volume 333, though advertised with the same cover style as number 332, actually came out in a different style.

    The cover for Alfred Bester’s Tiger! Tiger! (Tigre! Tigre! in Portuguese) sports an illustration by David Pelham which was used for the UK edition of the book.

    Nº 241 – Tigre! Tigre! (1977). Cover by Manuel Dias.
    Source: http://coleccaoargonauta.blogspot.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Nº 272 – Desígnio Negro 1 (1980). Cover by A. Pedro.

    Nº 241 – Tigre! Tigre! (1977). Cover by Manuel Dias.
    Source: http://coleccaoargonauta.blogspot.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Back cover of Nº 272, announcing Nº 273 – Desígnio Negro 2.

    Nº 241 – Tigre! Tigre! (1977). Cover by Manuel Dias.
    Source: http://coleccaoargonauta.blogspot.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Nº 300 – O Mistério de Valis 1 (1982). Cover by A. Pedro.

    Nº 241 – Tigre! Tigre! (1977). Cover by Manuel Dias.
    Source: http://coleccaoargonauta.blogspot.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Back cover of Nº 300, announcing Nº 301 – O Mistério de Valis 2.

    Nº 241 – Tigre! Tigre! (1977). Cover by Manuel Dias.
    Source: http://coleccaoargonauta.blogspot.com License: All Rights Reserved.

    Nº 317 – Rendez-Vous com Rama (1983). Cover by A. Pedro.

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    • ITC Ronda
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