Are you rather a reader of complete works or selections? Are you Pleiade or paperbacks? Tastes and colors are indisputable, but some inventions know how to reconcile many differences. This is the case of the collection Bouquins, invented by the publisher Guy Schoeller forty years ago, in the lap of the Robert Laffont editions: handy volumes, on extra-thin paper but soft cover: the Pléiade, she copy the ambition of complete works and anthologies but it democratizes the concept, and invents thematic volumes, dictionaries, travel books.
The sea baths of Paul Morand in Bouquins
This "Ideal library of the cultured man of our time", as described by the excellent advertising Jean d'Ormesson (which was published in Bouquins before entering the Pleiades), celebrates its 40 years of existence. "Forty years of history that completely legitimized the idea that its founder had of a collection of both quality and general public, stresses Jean-Luc Barré, writer and publisher, director of Bouquins for ten years. A library gathering all the knowledge, all the styles, all the genres and domains in a spirit of eclecticism. It remains a collection of creation and not just covers. "
The concern of the three directors who succeeded Guy Schoeller was to remain faithful to a defense of authors "not necessarily academic". So Jean-Luc Barré declares himself "Proud to have published last year the Journal of Mathieu Galey, the works of Lucien Rebatet and Charles Maurras, with the concern to accompany them with a critical apparatus. In September, we will make known Raymond Roussel, marginalized and ignored writer, reserved for enlightened amateurs, of which we publish a collection of selected works, prefaced by Yann Moix. We want to show a filiation. "
Dictionaries, integrals, anthologies
Many readers have known dictionaries in several volumes, such as authors or characters, which made the reputation of Bouquins in its infancy. The accessibility of biographical records on platforms such as Wikipedia has forced publishers to revise the principle of dictionaries, and to develop other types of works. Thus Bouquins has privileged thematic or historical Dictionaries (Nietzsche, The Bible, Antiquity, Free France …), or personal anthologies, humor, travel, ideas.
With surprise successes: All the opera, by Gustave Kobbé, the Mathematics Dictionary, sold 300,000 copies, or the Dictionary of symbols, 750,000 copies.
In the Babouot workshops, the binder of the Pléiade
For forty years, fashion designer Christian La Croix "dresses" ten titles of his choice from the collection, his own ideal library (complete works of Paul-Jean Toulet, Arthur Rimbaud or Khalil Gibran Eloïse Mozzani's book of superstitions) . And twenty novelties are offered throughout this year in bookstores: the Travel in Belgium Patrick Corillon and the Sea baths of Paul Morand for the summer, before the Full newspaper Julien Green and the works of Lucien Jerphagnon, Glenn Gould or Michelle Perrot in September.
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