Maigret Part 1: Tout Maigret
In honour of the great Belgian crime writer Georges Simenon‘s famous detective, 2007 was declared — somewhat arbitrarily it has to be said — l’Année Maigret. As part of the celebrations, and following on the heels of their 27 volume set of the complete works of Simenon, the appropriately named French publisher Omnibus has issued the Complete Maigret in ten volumes, the final tome of which is due to be released in Canada on 4 March 2008. These handsome 20cm x 13cm paperbacks come in at about 1,000 ultra-thin pages apiece, with sturdy, vinyl-like covers (the texture of which is quite pleasing to touch, but unfortunately comes through clearly on the scans of the covers) with French flaps, and a 16-page cahier iconographique in the middle of each volume illustrating l’univers de Maigret. The cover design for the series was done by the Atelier Dominique Toutain, and features original illustrations by Nicolas Poupon.
In the next couple of posts, for the purposes of comparison, I’ll be showcasing British and American designs from Penguin for recent editions of Maigret in English translation, as well as the classic 1960s covers designed by Dick Bruna for the Dutch editions of Maigret.