A. Molling & Comp.

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The Lithographische Kunst- und Verlags-Anstalt Hannover A. Molling & Comp. was an international printing and publishing company in Hanover and Berlin .


Poster for an exhibition of the Deutscher Werkbund in Cologne in 1914 ; Design: Peter Behrens ; Lithography / stone printing :
A. Molling & Comp. KG Hanover - Berlin

The Jewish banker Adolf Molling (November 20, 1830 to October 9, 1894) founded his company A. Molling & Comp. With its own printing facility on Schneiderberg in Nordstadt , it soon became one of the largest printing houses in Hanover: Initially, the company produced “ posters , postcards , greeting cards , magazines , packaging, as well as picture and coloring books ”, but the company began relocating from around 1900 own children's books .

In 1901 at the latest, the company was converted into a limited partnership , as evidenced by the printer's note on a dissertation . From 1906 to 1917, Adolf Molling's grandson Franz Rosenberg (1879–1934) was a partner in the company; During these years he traveled several times by ship to New York .

Shortly after the turn of the century, Molling & Comp. a patent on: "With advertising pressure -provided perpetual calendar in conjunction with a colored calendar back wall" was registration with the Imperial Patent Office 1,903th

“Publishing articles represented all over the world”, advertised Molling in 1904 in its own catalog . After Molling & Comp. had printed books for the internationally active London company Raphael Tuck & Sons , its motifs were soon used for their own book productions.

In 1912 the company advertised its in the magazine Die Woche

"Rich selection of original and artistic painting and picture books based on originals by well-known artists ."

Lottery ticket for the Second German Antarctic Expedition with Germany and the facsimile signature of the expedition leader Wilhelm Filchner ; around 1912
Lithographed postcard from the publisher A. Molling & Comp. Comm. Ges.
Motiv Restaurant Königsworth , Brühlstrasse / Andertensche Wiese, promoted in 1911
" Klostergang " with Begin Tower ;
Stone print by Ernst Jordan , around 1920

It was not without good reason that the illustrations for the publisher's picture books came from graphic artists such as Walther Caspari , Hanns Anker , Hellmut Eichrodt , Eugen Osswald or Heinrich Eduard Linde-Walther . In the Molling print shop, Kurt Schwitters worked together with the artist Käthe Steinitz on the design of his fairy tales of paradise , collecting "in the basement of the imposing print shop [...] misprints for his works of art".

But tradition-conscious , even conservative artists such as Ernst Jordan had Molling produce.

By 1914 at the latest, the company had a branch in Berlin , as the additional print on a poster for the exhibition of the Deutscher Werkbund in Cologne shows. The company held significant shares in the Lithographisch-Artistische Anstalt Munich, vorm. Gebrüder Obpacher AG and was represented with two seats on their supervisory board .

In 1920 the A. Molling Comp. the “Hannoverheft” of the magazine Das Plakat , published in January of that year . Magazine of the Verein der Posterfreunde eV with the cover picture by Ferdy Horrmeyer .

Even after the death of the company's founder, the company remained internationally oriented: the publishing program included a series of ten fairy tale books, some of which were published in several languages ​​and thus found their international distribution (until the beginning of 2012, publishing products were recorded in nine different languages). “Even during the extremely difficult time of National Socialism for Jewish companies , A. Molling & Comp. to maintain this international production ”. But after the “ Aryanization ” of the print shop in 1939 and the forced emigration of the owners , the company was almost completely forgotten: “Even the descendants of the family knew little about the company so far”.


  • In an exhibition from January 18 to April 15, 2012 (see the exhibition leaflet at the web links), the Hanover Historical Museum presented “a series of ten fairy tale books that has so far been neglected by research [... as] picture book art in a large format and the best Quality [...] together for the first time ”. The program also included guided tours .

Works (incomplete)

Children's books

The prelude to the children's book series by A. Molling & Co.

  • Cinderella , with illustrations by Hanns Anker
    • Cinderella , the US edition, circa 1914
  • Lust and jokes for children's hearts , text by Marie Ille-Beeg , painted by W. Zirges
  • Vom thick fat pancake , (6 sheets, mainly illustrated by Heinrich-Eduard Linde-Walther, 34 cm, with Gothic script ), no year (1920)
  • A foray through East Asia
  • Chime sound. The sounding picture book
  • The realm of children
  • Dideldumdei , 16 color pictures by Linde-Walther. With verses by L. Linde (1921)
  • Karl Rohr : With the Easter Bunny, [impressed colored] pictures and rhymes [on cardboard, punched out]


  • Hans Kaiser (ed.): Das Hohe Ufer , late expressionist monthly magazine, Ludwig Ey publishing house , born 1919–1920
  • Hans Borth: German shipping in words and pictures , Hanover 1902, Verlag A. Molling & Co.


  • Edel Sheridan-Quantz: A. Molling & Comp. and "Kling-Klang. The sounding picture book “- the end of a company history. In: From the Antiquariat , issue 6/2011
  • Edel Sheridan-Quantz: “The Children's Kingdom” - picture books by Molling-Verlag, Hanover. In: Hans-Peter Schramm (Ed.): Hannoverscher Bibliophilen Abend - 51st to 75th Evening , 2011, pp. 50–61
  • Edel Sheridan-Quantz: Cinderella travels the world - Molling's fairy tale books. In: Imprimatur. Yearbook for Book Lovers, Vol. 22, 2011, pp. 63-102
  • Edel Sheridan-Quantz: “Our publications are available worldwide”: A forgotten German printer and his global connections 1887–1939 (in English ), in: Chimera No. 26, Geographical Journal of the University College Cork , pp. 38-51; online , last visited January 22, 2014
  • Thomas Krakauer: Family portrait: history and genealogy of the Gottschalk, Molling, and Benjamin families from Hannover, Germany (English), 1995; Preview over google books

Web links

Commons : A. Molling & Comp.  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

References and comments

  1. a b German National Library
  2. a b c d e f g h i j Edel Sheridan-Quantz: Lust and jokes for children's hearts. From Hanover into the world , leaflet about the exhibition (see web links)
  3. a b see this poster based on a design by Peter Behrens
  4. Thomas Krakauer: Family Portrait. History and Genealogy of the Gottschalk, Molling and Benjamain Families from Hannover, Germany. Durham, North Carolina 1995, p. 83; Obituary notice for Adolf Molling, Hannoverscher Kurier, October 11, 1894 "
  5. Ludwig Hans Heynemann: About the hydrazide of pyrazole - 3,4,5 - tricarboxylic acid. Dissertation, Heidelberg University, 1901, p. 1
  6. ^ Leipziger Jahrbuch zur Buchgeschichte , Leipzig: Otto Harrassowitz (on commission), 2010; Pp. 209, 242, 244; limited preview in Google Book search
  7. Patent application M 16006 in the patent gazette , published by the Imperial Patent Office, Volume 27, C. Heymanns Verlag, 1903, p. 1703; online as a snippet view from Google books
  8. ^ Hugo Thielen : JORDAN (2), Ernst Pasqual. In: Dirk Böttcher , Klaus Mlynek, Waldemar R. Röhrbein, Hugo Thielen: Hannoversches Biographisches Lexikon . From the beginning to the present. Schlütersche, Hannover 2002, ISBN 3-87706-706-9 , p. 189; online through google books
  9. Compare these subtitles of Molling's lithograph
  10. Journal for Company History , ed. von der Gesellschaft für Unternehmensgeschichte, Vols. 24-25, F. Steiner Verlag, 1979, p. 186; Snippet
  11. Compare the digitized version of the booklet
  12. a b c KULTURpur: Lust and jokes for children's hearts
  13. a b see literature
  14. a b Information from the German National Library
  15. Snippet view
  16. Snippet

Coordinates: 52 ° 23 '15 "  N , 9 ° 42' 53"  E