Jacques Schiffrin & Cie.

Jacques Schiffrin founded Jacques Schiffrin & Cie. in New York after his arrival in 1941. He published works of the French Resistance. The French book trade was highly competitive, and Schiffrin had to borrow money for his publishing ventures. He subsequently joined Kurt Wolff’s Pantheon Books as a partner in 1942.

Schiffrin had first gained publishing experience when he founded Schiffrin & Co. in Paris in 1923. He became famous for the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade, a critical and annotated series of complete works of classic authors in pocket format. After the Nazis invaded France, he and his family managed to flee to Casablanca and Lisbon, arriving in New York in August 1941.

See also: Pantheon Books


  • Abel, Richard, and William Gordon Graham, eds. Immigrant Publishers: The Impact of Expatriate Publishers in Britain and America in the 20th Century. New Brunswick: Transaction Publishers, 2009.
  • Fischer, Ernst. Verleger, Buchhändler und Antiquare aus Deutschland und Österreich in der Emigration nach 1933. Stuttgart: Verband Deutscher Antiquare, 2011.
Location: New York
Period: after 1941-not exceeding 1942
Publisher(s): Jacques Schiffrin (March 28, 1892, Baku/Russia - November 17, 1950, New York)
Number of Titles Published: unknown