Éditions Rencontre

Éditions Rencontre (Meeting Editions) was a left wing publishing house in Francophone Switzerland founded in Lausanne in 1950. In 1970 they sold 6 million books globally to the Francophone world.[1]

Éditions Rencontre was founded as a co-operative society on 16 June 1950.[2] It was founded with the aim of establishing La revue Rencontre, a youth culture magazine despite the founders having no experience in the publishing world. However it became one of the most important book clubs in Europe.[2] The six founding members were:[2][3]

However, they soon involved Pierre Balthasar de Muralt, who soon became the principal person running the company, particularly after the review and the publishing house split.[2]

In 1953 they started producing the "Great Novels" series, under the direction of Louis Guilloux.[2]

By 1968 the company employed 550 people in Lausanne.[3]


  1. ^ Martin, Isabelle (2004). "Les Editions Rencontre, de l'ascension à la chute" (in French) (24 December 2004). Lausanne: Le Temps.
  2. ^ a b c d e Vallotton, François (2004). Les Editions Rencontre: 1950-1971 (in French). Lausanne: Editions d'en bas. ISBN 978-2-8290-0312-7.
  3. ^ a b Catinchi, Philippe-Jean (2017). "Mort de l'écrivain suisse Yves Velan" (in French) (12 May 2017). Le Monde.