Découvertes Gallimard

editorial collection of illustrated, pocket-sized books on a variety of subjects

Découvertes Gallimard (French: [dekuvɛʁt ɡalimaːʁ], lit.''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[3]) was published on 21 November 1986, which is written by the French Egyptologist Jean Vercoutter.[4]

Découvertes Gallimard

Images used on Découvertes Gallimard book covers.
TranslatorRuth Sharman, Paul G. Bahn, et al.
IllustratorDominique Thibault, Jean-Olivier Héron [fr], for pré-générique only (first 2 volumes), et al.
Cover artistDavid Roberts, Roland Cat, et al.
GenreEncyclopaedia, humanities
PublisherFR: Éditions Gallimard
UK: Thames & Hudson
US: Harry N. Abrams
Published in EnglishUK & US: 1992–2008[1][2]
Media typePrint (Paperback, hardcover) & Digital edition for iPad
No. of books700⁺ (including spin-offs)
107 (UK edition)
111 (US edition)



The birth of this collection was based on an idea by Pierre Marchand, then directed by Élisabeth de Farcy.[5] 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.[6] 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.[7] The English edition of Découvertes Gallimard is published by Harry N. Abrams in United States under the title Abrams Discoveries series,[8][9] and in United Kingdom it is published by Thames & Hudson called New Horizons series.[10]

List of English-translated volumes

Book spines
Page layout


  1. "Henri Cartier-Bresson - Further Details". thamesandhudson.com. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  2. "DISCOVERIES: HENRI CARTIER-BRESSON". abramsbooks.com. Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  3. "The Search for Ancient Egypt (Abrams Books edition)". goodreads.com. Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  4. "À la recherche de l'Égypte oubliée, collection Découvertes Gallimard (nº 1)". gallimard.fr (in French). Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  5. "Collection Découvertes Gallimard". gallimard.fr (in French). Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  6. "Collection Découvertes Gallimard". gallimard.fr (in French). Retrieved 5 May 2017.
  7. Françoise Hache-Bissette (2002). "Découvertes Gallimard ou la culture encyclopédique à la française". ricochet-jeunes.org (in French). Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  8. "Search Results: Discoveries". abramsbooks.com. Retrieved 19 June 2017.
  9. "An incomplete list of Abrams Discoveries series". goodreads.com. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
  10. "New Horizons series". thamesandhudson.com. Retrieved 19 June 2017.

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