Weidmannsche Buchhandlung

Weidmannsche Buchhandlung is a German book publisher established in 1680 that remained independent until it was acquired by Verlag Georg Olms in 1983.


Weidmannsche Buchhandlung was established in 1680 in Frankfurt by Moritz Georg Weidmann (1658-1693), who moved to Leipzig in 1681.[1] Johann Ludwig Gleditsch, brother of Johann Friedrich Gleditsch, married Weidmann's widow in 1694 and built up the business of the house, while training the younger Moritz Georg Weidmann (1686 - 1743) to take over the business.[2] Gleditsch published authors such as Wieland, Gellert, Lessing, Lavater and Heyne. The most significant achievement of the Gleditsch brothers was to persuade the leading Dutch booksellers to send their works to the Leipzig fair instead of to Frankfurt.[3]

Weidmannsche Buchhandlung continued to publish in Leipzig until 1854, reaching its height under Philipp Erasmus Reich, called the "nation's bookseller". The firm moved to Berlin in 1854, and continued publishing in Berlin, Dublin and Zurich under the Reimer publishing family. In 1983 the firm was taken over by Verlag Georg Olms.[1]


The publishing house was led by:

  • Moritz Georg Weidmann (1658-1693) (1680-1693)
  • Johann Ludwig Gleditsch (1694-1717)
  • Moritz Georg Weidmann (1686 - 1743) (1713/1717-1743)
  • Philipp Erasmus Reich (1746-1787)
  • Georg Andreas Reimer (1822 -1832)
  • Karl Reimer and Salomon Hirzel (1830-1852/1858)
  • Hans Reimer d. Ä. (1865-1887)
  • Paul Parey und Ernst Vollert (1888-1928)
  • Hans Reimer d.J. (1913-1951)
  • Walter Georg Olms (1983-)

Published writers

The publisher has published writings of:


  1. "WEIDMANNSCHEN VERLAGSBUCHHANDLUNG". Georg Olms. Retrieved 2011-01-24.
  2. Tanya Kevorkian (2007). Baroque piety: religion, society, and music in Leipzig, 1650-1750. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. p. 187. ISBN 0-7546-5490-7.
  3. Allen Kent, Harold Lancour, William Z. Nasri, Jay Elwood Daily (1968). Encyclopedia of library and information science, Volume 23. M. Dekker. p. 456.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

Further reading

  • Buchner, Karl: Wieland und die Weidmannsche Buchhandlung: Zur Geschichte deutscher Literatur und deutschen Buchhandels. Berlin: Weidmann 1871.
  • Kurtze, Gerhard: Philipp Erasmus Reich. Erster Buchhändler der Nation. In: Die großen Leipziger: 26 Annäherungen. Vera Hauschild (Hrsg.). Frankfurt/Main & Leipzig: Insel Verlag 1996. pp. 144–154.
  • Lehmstedt, Mark: Philipp Erasmus Reich (1717-1787). Verleger der Aufklärung und Reformer des deutschen Buchhandels. (Ausstellungskatalog). Leipzig: Karl-Marx-Universität 1989.
  • Jauernig, Erich (eds.): 250 Jahre Weidmannsche Buchhandlung. In: Monatsschrift für Höhere Schulen. Beilage/ Heft 4. Berlin: 1930.
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