Éditions Ismael is a publisher in the form of a non-profit association, releasing french and foreign books in french and other languages. Publications are mainly narrative, philosophical and scientific and can be freely downloaded on editions-ismael.com, even when they are also sold in print.

The intent of this editorial project is to constitute through its catalogue one alternative, if not a parallel, genealogy of Literature. This ambition is to be realized by following two mains approaches:

1) To find, scrupulously establish, question, interpret texts, often drawing much of their significance from historical circumstances, defying taste with an outward poetical poverty, but which, by many other aspects fulfill the ends our modern time literature seems to have proposed itself. These are mostly epistles, memoirs, trials’ minutes, confessions, personal meditations, testimonies, diaries, reports, sermons etc. The hermeneutical work will in this case be of great import, as it will enable the reconstitution of these literary acts’ genesis, as well as ask how they redefine, with their singular use of language and tradition, Literature and its history. To sum up, through the catalogue will be developed a critical history of literature from its margins.

2) To publish inedited, out of print or hardly accessible narrative, philosophical, or scientific works; all extremely innovative in their respective field. The choice will be done in a way not to affect the catalogue’s coherence. In general, the aim is to promote little-known works, and to reinforce the presence and impact of texts which, read by a small circle, are on the break of completely vanishing from current circulation.

By it’s associative form, the benevolent work of it’s members, the reduction of costs principally to author’s rights and printer’s fees (small prints, offset printing), the Éditions Ismael claim to survive and develop their activity meanwhile guaranteeing a generous remuneration for the authors as well as the freest and largest access to it’s publications for the readers around the world. For now, we distribute ourselves most of our printed edition, and sell them at the lowest possible price (accordingly to the costs and the rights to redistribute). In conformity with our status all the profit is reinvested in the publication of new titles.


→ We strive to satisfy the most scrupulous reader, and offer to the public reliable and long-lasting books.
→ The texts published by Ismael are written, established and/or translated either by volunteers; or by freelance authors whose collaborations are conditioned to the payment of author’s rights upon the print edition’s sales.
→ Moreover, we commit ourselves to use as much as possible of offset printing, quality confections (sewn signatures, glued to the spine), as well as superior papers.
→ For each printed edition all is done to guarantee the best remuneration possible for the author (we commit to, in most cases, propose an average rate superior or equal to 10% and sometimes to 15% on the individual price of each book). We work with our authors to make sure the editorial contract reflects and protects as much as possible their personal wishes, needs and rights.
→ For each printed edition we strive to ensure to the reader the lowest possible price, accordingly to the fairest remuneration for all the actors of the process.
The Éditions Ismael’s profits upon print editions sales, are, in conformity with our non-profit associative status, reinvested into the association’s activities and development.


All the books in our catalogue fulfill at least one of the following requirements :

  • To be the reprint, in the frame of our collection “Reprint”, of a (usually short) text which circulation has been limited (ex.: was published in a small and rare periodical), to make it widely accessible.
  • To be a new translation or a first translation.
  • To be the first edition of a previously-unpublished text.
  • To be a new edition (with critical work, accurate commentaries, discussion of the interpretative method applied to the text, discussion of the interpretative tradition constituted around the text etc., this model being susceptible to vary from an edition to an other). In this case we favor :
    1. Books unavailable on the market.
    2. Books unavailable (or almost) on the market and in libraries’ free-access digital collections.
    3. Rare books or rare texts, little-known, and/or hard to find in libraries.


On this page are regularly added previously selected text through the collections of the world’s online libraries: books, articles, chapters, extracts etc. in pdf format.
The Éditions Ismael, in conformity with the international digitalization process of public domain works, invest  in the reproduction of texts not yet available on the internet, which digitalizations are uploaded in this section and on the Internet Archive, in pdf format.


Association Éditions Ismael.
Head office: 12 avenue Rapp, 75007 Paris, France.

Ismael receives all proposals, manuscripts, questions, complaints, at: editions.ismael@gmail.com