Georg Andreas Reimer

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Georg Andreas Reimer
GA Reimer in 1828

Georg Andreas Reimer (born August 27, 1776 in Greifswald , † April 26, 1842 in Berlin ) was a German publisher .


Reimer grew up as the son of a businessman in Greifswald. In 1790 he started his apprenticeship in the Greifswald branch of the Berlin bookseller and music publisher Gottlob August Lange . After his death in 1795 he became managing director of the parent company in Berlin. In 1800 he took over the management of the bookshop of the Königliche Realschule in Berlin, which was founded in 1749 and operated as Reimersche Buchhandlung from 1817 . Reimer dissolved the existing long lease and bought the bookstore in 1822.

In the following years he expanded the traditional range of textbooks to include German-language literature as well as humanities titles from theology , philosophy , classical antiquity as well as scientific and mathematical titles. Reimer rose to become one of the most important and successful publishers in Germany. He joined the publishing house with his own printing company and bought other publishers and bookstores, including the Weidmannsche Buchhandlung in Leipzig .

The Georg Reimer publishing house achieved a high level of recognition in the literary public due to its collaboration with well-known authors of German Romanticism : Achim von Arnim , Novalis , E. T. A. Hoffmann , Jean Paul , Heinrich von Kleist , August Wilhelm and Friedrich Schlegel , Ludwig Tieck , Ernst Moritz Arndt , Adolph Diesterweg , Johann Gottlieb Fichte , Wilhelm von Humboldt and the Brothers Grimm . The close and friendly cooperation with Friedrich Schleiermacher was of particular importance . In addition, Reimer established close contacts with the Berlin University and other scientific institutions, which gave the publishing house a high scientific reputation. After Reimer's death, the publishing house was continued by his son Georg Ernst Reimer .

Reimer was politically involved in the Prussian reform movement and joined the Lawless Society in Berlin in 1809 . During the occupation of Berlin by Napoleon , he offered Prussian soldiers and members of the opposition (including Ernst Moritz Arndt) wanted by the occupying power in his house. He himself took an active part in the Wars of Liberation in 1813/14. In 1816 Reimer bought the representative Sackensche Palais on Wilhelmstrasse, which became a meeting point for Berlin salon life . Various political writings appeared in his publishing house, in which liberal and national positions were represented. Therefore Reimer was exposed to state reprisals during the restoration period .


Reimer is buried in an honorary grave of the city of Berlin in the Dreifaltigkeitskirchhof II . Reimer left behind an extensive collection of paintings, which he had amassed from 1814 and which included many works by Dutch painters and Caspar David Friedrich .


In 1800 in Berlin he married Wilhelmine Reinhardt (1784–1864), daughter of Karl August Reinhardt, pastor in Magdeburg. The Reimers had 16 children, of which the following survived childhood:

Marie Zeller, b. Reimer
  • Marie (1807–1847) ∞ Albert Zeller (1804–1877), doctor and clinic director
    • Ernst Friedrich Albert Zeller (1830–1902), successor to his father
    • Anna Zeller (* 1832)
    • Maximilian Georg Zeller (1834–1912), landowner
    • Rudolf Martin Zeller (1842–1911) ∞ Berta Rosine Hirzel (1844–1887)
  • Adelheid (1809–1866) ∞ Julius Sethe
  • Anna (1813–1885) ∞ Salomon Hirzel
    • Georg Heinrich Salomon Hirzel (1836–1894), publisher
      • Georg Theodor Salomon Hirzel (1867–1924), publisher
        • Heinrich Hirzel († 1963), publisher
    • Rudolf Hirzel (1846–1917), classical philologist
  • Siegfried Johannes (1815–1860), doctor
  • Moritz Gebhard (1816–1867), landowner
  • Dietrich Arnold (1818–1899), publisher
  • Rudolf Leberecht (1819–1860), emigrant to Australia
  • Bernhard Traugott (1824–1903), landowner
  • Hermann Andreas (1825–1906), doctor


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