JB Metzler

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JB Metzler is a German science publisher with a focus on the humanities . Its place of business is in Stuttgart . It publishes in the fields of literature and linguistics , philosophy , the history of antiquity such as music and media . Lexicons and encyclopedias , literary histories and manuals as well as editions of works and student introductions shape the publisher's profile.


JB Metzler is one of the oldest and most traditional publishers in German-speaking countries. August Metzler founded the publishing house in Stuttgart in 1682, and his son Johann Benedikt has been running the business since 1716. The company is named after him to this day. The company remained in family ownership until 1908. On January 1, 1908, it was converted into a limited liability company, in which the brothers Eugen and Alfred Druckermüller joined as managing directors. Egon and Arthur Werlitz, the last descendants of the founding family in the former family company, left the company management in 1917.

In 1991 the publishing house became part of the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group as Imprint . In 1998 the Hermann Böhlaus successor publishing house was completely taken over. In 2015 JB Metzler became part of the Springer Nature publishing house . The traditional name was retained and initially - until the move to Heidelberg in 2020 - the company's Stuttgart location.

Publishing program

Johann Georg Christian Störl's new Davidic harp and psaltery playing, or a completely new set of Württembergisch, based on the most precise and purest art of singing and percussion, percussion, song and sheet music . Printed by Johann Benedict Metzler, 1744

JB Metzler's program reflects the development of the Württemberg and, moreover, German intellectual life from the last third of the 17th century to the present day. With pietistic literature and religious advice, Metzler was the most successful publisher of pietism in southern Germany for many decades in the 18th century . But he also counted the young Lessing and the young Schiller among his authors. In the 19th century the publisher played a lively role in the emergence of ancient studies; In the following period he developed a broad philological program, the centerpiece of which is the now world-renowned " Pauly-Wissowa ", the " Realencyclopadie der classical antiquity " in 84 volumes.

Since the end of the Second World War, the program fields literary studies, history, philosophy, cultural studies, antiquity, music and media have developed. The publisher's product types include compendia, encyclopedias, Metzler literary stories, manuals and editions of works.

Other titles are the four-volume Goethe-Handbuch, the four-volume encyclopedia “Philosophy and Philosophy of Science” and the twenty-three- volume encyclopedia “ The Music in Past and Present ” and the publication of the “ Lexicon of the Middle Ages ”, published together with Bärenreiter-Verlag . Since 2012, all 16 volumes of the “ Encyclopedia of Modern Times ” have been available. The Metzler Collection series was published from 1961 to 2007 .

In September 2009 the 3rd, completely revised edition of Kindler's Literature Lexicon was published by Heinz Ludwig Arnold .

publishing company

JB Metzler is based in Stuttgart. Until 2015 the publishing house belonged to the Georg von Holtzbrinck publishing group via Georg von Holtzbrinck GmbH & Co. KG, Stuttgart . Since then, the publishing house has continued under the Springer Nature umbrella .


  • Reinhard Wittmann: A publishing house and its history. 300 years of JB Metzler Stuttgart. Metzler, Stuttgart 1982, ISBN 3-476-00481-3
  • Hoppenstedt company profile from August 10, 2005

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