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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.


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

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