: Blanvalet Verlag and
Translated by: Hans Nicklisch & Egon Strohm
Original booklet from 1964
introducing Catherine to German readers!
While searching for book covers of
Catherine on the Net, I stumbled on
Der Spiegel edition of
1963, who brought a long article about Anne Golon and
her success with "Angelique". On the last
paragraph, they introduced a certain French
newcomer called Juliette Benzoni and her book
Eine Liebe ist genug (One love is enough)
Lothar Blanvalet promised each reader who would send back
the gift coupon which was in the new Angelique book - would
then receive not only an autograph of Anne Golon - but also
chapters from Eine Liebe ist genug !
The Catherine books were very popular in all
German speaking countries like: Germany, Austria and
Switzerland. The very first publication by
Verlag, are beautifully designed - every chapter has
it's ornaments - this is also one of the reasons I
cannot understand, why they
to publish the first two Catherine books in one edition, instead of two
(as everyone else did !) and why no one
ever realized (and protested !) how much the first two books were
shortened! I do not want to be "boastful" yet
- would I not
have for fun read the Catherine Novels in four different
languages, I would also not have known of this... But to be fair with Blanvalet, the other
five books have all the content of the original French
series, which cannot be said of the * English
translations - who did not even translate in 1979 the
last of the Series the"
seventh book" The Lady of Montsalvy.
I have added for Austria, Germany and Switzerland the
exact same book covers. What is certain - Blanvalet
Verlag was the first to publish the Catherine books in
1964 and it was always Hans Nicklisch and Egon Strohm
who translated the books from French to German!
There were many Book clubs, be that in
Germany, Austria or
Switzerland to whom Blanvalet sold the rights. The cover we see
on top of this page of Catherine de Montsalvy was for example published for all three
countries. Frankfurt - Vienna- Zürich.
After more than fifty years it is now very difficult to determine which
cover belonged to what country
- also because there are at times inconsistent
information by sellers.... and not to forget that when I
wrote to Random house (who
took over from Blanvalet I received absolutely no help !
* we are now 9 years (2017) later after I launched this
website and to my great joy I can confirm that
England is re-issuing the Catherine Series and
adding now the complete text of the Catherine books !
Who knows, maybe I can say the same one day of the 1st
German editon of book 1 !
Update May 2017
Here is an article I translated from French where we
learn that GERMANY also belonged to one of those
countries who bought the rights to publish Catherine -
even though the book was not yet available in the
Bookstores in FRANCE !
Translated article from 1963
I quote from
the above translated article:
She carried the story to Editions de Trévise, who
accepted it straightaway and communicated it immediately to
nine foreign Publishers. (Holland, England, Sweden,
Germany, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Spain and Turkey). The
latter, enthusiastic, cabled their agreement at once.
Titles in German
book 1 Cathérine * 1 & 2
2 Unbezwingliche Cathérine
book 3 Cathérine de Montsalvy
book 4 Cathérine und die Zeit der
book 5 Cathérine im Sturm
book 6 Cathérine und der Weg ins
book 1 & 2 Catherine
book 2 Invincible Catherine
book 3 Catherine de Montsalvy
book 4 Catherine and the time of Love
book 5 A Snare for Catherine
book 6 Catherine and the road to happiness
book 1 Il Suffit d'un Amour
2 Il Suffit d'un Amour
book 3 Belle Catherine
book 4 Catherine des Grand Chemins
book 5 Catherine et le Temps d'Aimer
book 6 Piège pour Catherine
La Dame de Montsalvy
* Book 1 is a combination of the
first two books - abridged !
Very surprising since Lothar Blanvalet believed in these
1- 4 original hardcovers 1964 -
5- 6 original hardcovers Herbig-Verlag
original hardcovers Deutscher Bücherbund 1964 - 65
Büchergilde Gutenberg 1971 Special edition for Frankfurt Vienna,
rororo first paperpack editions
of the Catherine books in German 1972 - 1989
Blanvalet for Bertelmann-Verlag 1970 - 1980
Kaiser -Verlag 1983 book 3
Catherine de Montsalvy - cover not found !
Rororo paperpack ( Verlag
Rowohlt ) 1983 book 6 missing in these editions
hardcover Lingen -Verlag
1985 - book 6 missing in these editions
photos with Olga Georges-Picot from the movie 1968
Catherine, il suffit d'un amour
paperback 1 - 4 1988
- book 5 & 6 missing in these editions - Pawel Moewig -Verlag 1988
only book 6 ?
this is the most shocking cover - since when was Catherine
de Montsalvy black-haired ?
Naumann Gobel 1990 -
for Austria only books 5 & 6 found
- Ullstein paperbacks 1995 - only book 5 & 6 cover found
- 2017 Linda Compagnoni Walther