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Charles-Joseph Panckoucke


  1. Adresse de plusieurs sociétés en Angleterre à la Convention Nationale. Lue dans la séance du 7ieme Novembre 1792 translation has translation publisher
  2. Aventures surprenantes de Robinson Crusoe. Traduites de l'anglais translation publisher
  3. Contes moraux, ou Les hommes comme il y en a peu has translation publisher
  4. De l'importance des opinions religieuses has translation publisher
  5. Gazette nationale ou le Moniteur universel publisher
  6. La mort de Caton, tragédie. En trois actes, et en vers translation publisher



Panckoucke was the son of a publisher from Lille. After failing to become an engineer, he took over his father's business, transferring it to Paris in the 1760s with his two sisters after his father's death. He soon became one of the most successful newspaper editors and publishers of his age. By 1794, when his son-in-law Henri Agasse took over the business, he had 27 presses and over a hundred workers.

His authors included Voltaire, Rousseau and Buffon. He also wrote himself on a variety of subjects, and translated Lucretius, Ariosto and Tasso. He was responsible for the 'Encyclopédie Méthodique' (1782-1832, 166 volumes), an expansion and rearrangement of the 'Encyclopédie', with the subject matter organized by subject rather than alphabetically. He also founded or ran a number of newspapers with different political viewpoints, the most important of which was the Gazette national, ou le Moniteur Universel, which was modelled upon English newspapers he had seen in London. After his death, his publishing operation was continued by his widow, Marie-Catherine-Thérèse Couret de Villeneuve, and then his son, Charles-Louis-Fleury Panckoucke.

See: S. Tucoo-Chala, 'Charles-Joseph Panckoucke et la librairie française' (1977) and Carla Hesse, 'Publishing and Cultural Politics in Revolutionary Paris, 1789-1810' (University of California Press (1991)