Founded in 1859 as Gautier, the company was renamed Gautier-Languereau in 1917 when Maurice Languereau became full partner with his uncle Henri Gautier. They specialized in children's books and magazines and religious literature. Their biggest success came with the weekly magazine for girls La Semaine de Suzette from 1905 on, and its flagship comic, Bécassine. The first Bécassine books appeared in 1913. From that year on, the stories were written by Languereau.