For two decades, Editions Diane de Selliers, has edited and published a series of unparalleled books in the collection “The Great Texts of Literature Illustrated by the Greatest Artists”. Internationally recognized as indispensable reference books, these prestigious works of art have earned Diane de Selliers, editor in chief, renowned honors including, Chevalier dans l’ordre de la Légion d’honneur, Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, and Chevalier dans l’Ordre de Léopold II.
Diane de Selliers envisioned a collection dedicated to bringing back to life founding classic literature thanks to artists whose works have been inspired by these texts over the centuries.
This collection revitalizes the icons of classic literature by pairing original texts with artists who have used the texts as sources of inspiration over the centuries. Currently composed of twenty titles, each is attentively assembled by the editorial process of discovery, research, curiosity, and meticulous labor, and guided by a seriousness and passion for the subject. The quest for optimal quality and original artworks have involved research in the vaults of the Vatican for drawings by Botticelli, and around the world for Baroque Art, frescos, and mosaics.
The publishing house has also initiated dialogue between classical texts and contemporary artists in works such as Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, illustrated by contemporary artist Pat Andrea.
In addition to the primary collection, Editions Diane de Selliers has also published Self Portraits of the 20th Century. Me, Myself, and I, a collection of 540 original artworks considered a reference of the evolution of Contemporary Art, and awarded the Grand Prix du Jury de la Nuit de Livre and the Prix du Cercle Montherlant de l’Académie des Beaux-Arts in 2004.
Likewise, Editions Diane de Selliers released the Apocalypse by Saint-Jean in October 2010. The text, illustrated by seventy-six panels of the Angers Tapestry, and twenty-seven paintings from manuscripts of the 13th century, reveals the splendor of this Medieval Euorpean masterpiece. With this edition, the publishing house has had the unprecedented opportunity to reproduce the images taken of the tapestry during its 1981 restoration. The images of the back of the tapestry, which had been perfectly conserved by a lining, present a tapestry in perfect condition, revealing the powerful and unsuspected blues, greens, reds, oranges, and blazing yellows. Brought to life by art historian Paule Amblard, specialist in the symbology of Medieval Christianity, the reader is able to vividly discover the message of hope and fullness that the Apocalypse presents.
In 2011, the Ramayana by Valmiki illustrated by Indian Miniatures from the 16th to the 19th centuries has been published in French. Hopefully the english version will be out in 2013, we are still looking for financial support.
Following ten years of exhaustive research into private and public Indian Art collections worldwide, the Ramayana will consist of 1,700 pages in a 7-volume box set, and will be illustrated by 660 miniatures reproduced in full-color and large format, published in both French and English. Expected to be a fundamental reference tool for Indian Art, the correlation of the text and images is overseen by Amina Okada, chief curator of Indian Art at the Musée Guimet in Paris, France.
Moreover, the publishing house is also currently preparing for october 2012 the publication of The Conference of the Birds, overseen by recognized expert on Islamic Art, Michael Barry, will reproduce images from the splendid manuscript Mantiq al-Tayr from the Metropolitian Museum of Art, as well as 200 Persian Miniatures from the 14th to 17th centuries from public and private collections worldwide, in a French and English version.
In November 2009, Editions Diane de Selliers was invited to join the Comité Colbert, a membership of seventy-five houses of French luxury with the object of promoting shared values in France and internationally. As a member, Editions Diane de Selliers will serve as a representative for the dynamism of French luxury; its capacity for self-renewal, and its determination to uphold specific core values including superior quality, creativity, ethical conduct, as well as a desire to represent French culture at an international level.
In hopes of making the publications accessible to a larger public, La petite collection was inaugurated in 2007. The collection is comprised of books previously published in La grande collection edition but in a smaller, less expensive format. The first publication, The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire, illustrated by Symbolist and Decadent painting was released for the 150th anniversary of the original publication. In addition, The Fables by Jean de La Fontaine illustrated by Oudry, The Tales by La Fontaine illustrated by Fragonard, The Divine Comedy by Dante illustrated by Botticelli, The Tale of Genji by Muasaki-shikibu illustrated by traditional Japanese painting, The Golden Legend by Jacques de Voragine illustrated by paintings from the Italian Renaissance, The Decameron by Boccacio illustrated by himself and the painters of his time, Orient A thousand years of poetry and painting, and Rome, Naples et Florence by Stendhal illustrated with works by the painters of the Romanic movement, have found new life in La petite collection.
The correlation of beautiful and resounding images to the texts from which they were inspired create an original and powerful dialogue and produces an exceptional, new perspective of the works.
We invite you to discover our books with pleasure on our website www.editionsdianedeselliers.com