From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
10/18 is a French publishing house established in 1962 by Paul Chanterelle and Michel-Claude Jalard, which publishes only mass market paperbacks. At the time of its inception "éditions 10/18" comprised philosophical works (Descartes, Nietzsche...), historical works, and some French fiction, in particular the genre of nouveau roman.
In 1968, Christian Bourgois took charge of 10/18, after the events of May of that year, which were followed by a véritable explosion in the social sciences. He proposed selling part of the catalogue and remaking the covers. Between 1969 and 1979, 10/18 published 1000 titles, ranging from university texts to militant works, including reviews, conferences, and even mathematics texts along the way. 10/18 also republished the great literary classics, and the main nouveau roman works. Amongst the best-sellers of that time were : Boris Vian, Sade, London...
In the 1980s, Christian Bourgois decided to concentrate his efforts on foreign romantic fiction. And thus was born, under the direction of Jean-Claude Zylberstein, several new ranges of books:
- Domaine français in ?, of note are the novels by Georges Bataille with cover illustrations by Hans Bellmer.
- Domaine étranger in 1980, which was aimed at letting readers discover the best works of contemporary international fiction.
- Grands détectives in 1983, a collection of detective novels, by authors such as Ellis Peters, Lilian Jackson Braun or Robert van Gulik, Dashiell Hammett, William Irish …
- 10/18 also published Bibliothèque médiévale in 1979 comprising the great classics of medieval literature (Lancelot, Le Morte d'Arthur, Le roman de Renart...).