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Le Petit Larousse en Couleurs

Contributed by Florian Hardwig on Apr 20th, 2013. Artwork published in .
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The motto of the French publishing house Editions Larousse is: Je sème à tout vent – “I sow to all winds”. It is ascribed to architect and designer Émile Reiber (1826–1893). The first logo from 1876 features this motto together with a dandelion. Later versions of the Larousse logo – including the current one – depict a woman blowing flower seeds, known as the semeuse (“the sower”). Excoffon dispenses with the semeuse and goes back to the roots by reducing the logo to the dandelion – indicated as stylized white seeds. The background consists of rainbow-colored stripes, since this version of the Petit Larousse illustré comes in color.

Images from Monowolf’s Flickr photostream.

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The typefaces used for the interior may or may not be the same as in this other 1972 Larousse dictionary.

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