French Le Petit Guides


Quite a few of the Le Petit Guides have no Golden Press version. I have listed a few to show the similarities. What baffles me is many of these books mention Western Publishing, the publisher of Golden Guides. But Golden Press never issued a version. One thing worth mentioning- all the titles have 160 pages. Sound familiar? With that said, here are a few titles:

Plantes medicinal translates to Medicinal Plants. Written by Michel Caron and Henry Clos Jouve. Number 126 in the series. © Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris, 1966. This book also exists in a German edition titled Heilpflanzen which in German translates to Welfare Plants. On the last page it mentions being published in Italy, as are most, if not all the Le Petit Guides.

Jardins translates to Gardens. Written by Pierre Roche. Number 121 in the series. © Western Publishing Hachette International, Genève, 1964. Publié par les Editions Graphiques Internationales (E.G.I.), Paris. Printed in Italy by Arnoldo Mondadori, Verona.

Cactées et plantes d'appartement translates to Cactus and Plants for the Apartment. Written by Henri Rose. Number 128 in the series. © Western Publishing Hachette International, Genève, 1964. Publié par les Editions Graphiques Internationales (E.G.I.), Paris. Printed in Italy by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore - Verona.

Chasse a tir translates to Hunting With A Gun. Written by Tony Burnand. Number 109 in the series. © Western Publishing Hachette International, Genève, 1963. Publié par les Editions Graphiques Internationales (E.G.I.), Paris. Printed in Italy O.G.A.M. - Verona.

Spéléologie translates to Spelunkering, or Caving. Written by Marc Jasinski. Number 127 in the series. © Western Publishing International, 1966. Publié par les Editions Graphiques Internationales (E.G.I.), Paris, 1966. Published by A. Mondadori - Verona, Italy.

Champignons translates to Mushrooms. Written by Pierre Montarnal. Number 122 in the series. © Western Publishing International, Genève, 1964. Publié par les Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris. Published by A. Mondadori - Verona, Italy.

Fleurs sauvages translates to Wild Flowers. Written by Jean Raray. Number 113 in the series. © Western Publishing Hachette International, Genève, 1963. Publié par les Editions Graphiques Internationales (E.G.I.), Paris. Published by A. Mondadori - Vérone, Italy.

Flore alpine translates to Alpine Flora. Written by Francesco Bianchini. Number 137 in the series. © Western Publishing International, Genève, 1967. Publié par les Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris. No mention of Arnoldo Mondadori. But it does state it was printed in Italy.

Rivages d'europe translates to Seashells Of Europe. Written by Gustave Cherbonnier. Number 135 in the series. © by Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris, 1967. Printed in Italy by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore - Verona.

Papillons espèces européennes translates to Butterflies European Species in particular. Written by Yves Latouche. Number 111 in the series. © Western Publishing Hachette International, Genève, 1963. Publié par les Editions Graphiques Internationales (E.G.I.), Paris. No mention of Arnoldo Mondadori. But it does have the letters O.G.A.M on the last page. I'm going to assume the A.M. stands for Arnoldo Mondadori.

Pêche en eau douce roughly translates to Freshwater Fishing. Written by Tony Burnand. Number 112 in the series. © Western Publishing Hachette International, Genève, 1963. Publié par les Editions Graphiques Internationales (E.G.I.), Paris. No mention of Arnoldo Mondadori. But it does have the letters O.G.A.M on the last page. I'm going to assume the A.M. stands for Arnoldo Mondadori.

Chateaux de france translates to Castles Of France. Written by André Rocq. Number 107 in the series. © Western Publishing Hachette International, Genève, 1963. Publié par les Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris. Printed in Italy - Mondadori Editore.

Gibiers d'europe translates to Game Of Europe. Written by Tony Burnand. Number 114 in the series. © Western Publishing Hachette International, Genève, 1964. Publié par les Editions Graphiques Internationales (E.G.I.), Paris. Published by A. Mondadori - Verona, Italy.

Arbres translates to Trees. Written by J. Bretaudeau. Illustrations by A. Le Faou. Number 124 in the series. © Western Publishing International, Genève, 1964. Publié par les Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris. Published by Interlithio Milan.

Savoir-vivre translates to Good Manners. Written by Franciose de Raucourt. Illustrations by Flip. Number 123 in the series. © Western Publishing Hachette International, Genève, 1964. Publié par les Editions Graphiques Internationales (E.G.I.), Paris. Published by A. Mondadori - Vérone, Italy.

Oiseaux espèces européennes roughly translates to Bird Species of Europe. Written by Y. Letouzey et E. Léo. Illustrations by Guy Michel. Number 101 in the series (first book). © Western Publishing Hachette International, Genève, 1962. Publié par les Editions Graphiques Internationales (E.G.I.), Paris. Published by A. Mondadori - Vérone, Italy.
Note: Interestingly the first printing of the American version of Birds also has 112 illos; as does this edition.

Plongée sous-marine roughly translates to Plunged Underwater. Written by Raymond Bucher. Photography by Barry Blair, Raymond Bucher, R. Deloire, J. Foucher-Cresteau and S. de Sazo. Number 139 in the series. © 1967 by M.W.P.- Mondadori. Publié par les Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris 1968. This book does not match up with the Golden Guide to Scuba Diving.

Chiens translates to Dogs. Written by Lucien Guillot. Photography by Marc Buzzini. Number 129 in the series. © 1967 By Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris 1966. Printed in Italy by Arnoldo Mondadori Editore - Verona.

Péche en mer roughly translates to Fishing At Sea. Written by Tony Burnand. Illustrations by Saint Justh. Number 118 in the series. © Western Publishing Hachette International, Genève, 1964. Publié par les Editions Graphiques Internationales (E.G.I.), Paris. Printed in Holland.

Corps Humain translates to Human Body. Written by Dr. Georgette Cassan. Illustrations by François Crozat. © 1974 by Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris.

Mammifères Sauvages D'Europe translates to Mammals Of Europe. Written by Roland Heu. Illustrations by François Crozat. Number 142 in the series. © by Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris, 1968.

Camping Et Caravanning translates to Camping And Caravanning . Written by Jean Hureau in collaboration with Louis Montange. Number 132 in the series. (which is the same number used for Israel) © by Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris, 1967.

Chine du bambou a l'atome roughly translates to China of the bamboo has the atom. Number 140 in the series. Written by Fernand Gigon. © by Mondadori W.P., Milan. Publié par les Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris 1968. Since the copyright is Mondadori I'm guessing there is an Italian version of this book.

Cocktails et Apéritifs roughly translates to Coctails and Aperitifs. The definition of Aperitifs means an alcoholic drink taken as an appetizer before a meal. Number 144 in the series. Written by Giorgio Gianoli. © by Mondadori W.P., Milan. Publié par les Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris 1969. Since the copyright is Mondadori I'm guessing there is an Italian version of this book.

Chemins de fer Modèles Réduits roughly translates to Reduced Model Railroads. Number 147 in the series. Written by Marc Jasinski. © by Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris 1969, et Mondadori- O.G.A.M. Vérone.

Le Bridge translates to Bridge. Number 131 in the series. Written by Vladimir Grgona. © 1966 by M.W.P.- Mondadori. Publié par les Editions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris 1967. Éditions des Deux Coqs d'Or, Paris 1969. This book also exists in an Italian edition titled IlBridge

One final thought on the titles listed here. It seems that some of these books should match up at least in part with the Golden Press Versions. Such as the Fishing book. I have compared these versions thoroughly with the Golden Press editions. These titles have new authors, photos, art, etc. The only resemblance seems to be the title.

Below are links to the books that do match up with the American Golden Press versions. These titles are also featured on the respective Golden Guide page. (accessed from the checklist)


Medicinal Plants Golden Guide Gardens Golden Guide Cactus Golden Guide Hunting Golden Guide Spelunkering Golden Guide Mushrooms Golden Guide Flowers Golden Guide Alpine Flowers Golden Guide Seashells Of Europe Golden Guide Butterflies Golden Guide Boating Golden Guide French Castles Golden Guide French Game of Europe Le Petit Guide French Trees Le Petit Guide French Good Manners Le Petit Guide French European Birds Le Petit Guide French Underwater Diving Le Petit Guide French Dogs Le Petit Guide French Sea Fishing Le Petit Guide French Human Body Le Petit Guide French Mammals Le Petit Guide French Camping Le Petit Guide French China Le Petit Guide French Cocktails Le Petit Guide French Trains Le Petit Guide French Bridge Le Petit Guide