Découvertes Gallimard facts for kids
Images used on Découvertes Gallimard book covers.
|Edited by||Pierre Marchand, Élisabeth de Farcy, Paule du Bouchet|
|Translator||Ruth Sharman, Paul G. Bahn, et al.|
|Illustrator||Dominique Thibault, Jean-Olivier Héronpré-générique only (first 2 volumes), et al., for|
|Cover artist||David Roberts, Roland Cat, et al.|
|Publisher||FR: Éditions Gallimard
UK: Thames & Hudson
US: Harry N. Abrams
|Published in English||UK & US: 1992–2008|
|Media type||Print (Paperback, hardcover) & Digital edition for iPad|
|No. of books||700⁺ (including spin-offs)
107 (UK edition)
111 (US edition)
Découvertes Gallimard (literal translation - 'Gallimard Discoveries'; in United Kingdom: New Horizons, in United States: Abrams Discoveries) is an illustrated encyclopaedic collection of pocket-sized books created by the French publisher Éditions Gallimard, made in the style of livre d'art ('art book'). The first volume À la recherche de l'Égypte oubliée (English-language edition: The Search for Ancient Egypt) was published on 21 November 1986, which is written by the French Egyptologist Jean Vercoutter.
The birth of this collection was based on an idea by Pierre Marchand, then directed by Élisabeth de Farcy. There are 588 volumes plus more than 150 books of spin-offs in this collection, each book focuses on a particular topic, such as history and archaeology, culture and society, art and aesthetics, science and technology, a biography of a famous person, or memories of places, etc. The whole collection covers almost everything of human knowledge. The A6 paper size (125 × 178 mm) is used for these pocket books and printed on thick and glossy coated paper, with a lot of full colour illustrations extracted from heritage resources to decorate the informational texts. Each book has a “Documents” section, more detailed documentary information and historical records are provided here, as well as the sources of all illustrations for those who want to learn further.
The Découvertes collection has been translated into more than 20 languages and sold over 20 million copies worldwide as of 1999. The English edition of Découvertes Gallimard is published by Harry N. Abrams in United States under the title Abrams Discoveries series, and in United Kingdom it is published by Thames & Hudson called New Horizons series.
List of English-translated volumes
Images for kids
Certain international editions of the first volume À la recherche de l'Égypte oubliée. From left to right, first row: American, British, German and Taiwanese editions; second row: Hispanic American, Russian, Romanian and Japanese editions. Editions in the first row sharing identical cover design with Gallimard, whereas those in the second row being redesigned, and the rest which are not mentioned here also following Gallimard's design framework.
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