Johann Ambrosius Barth Verlag

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The Johann Ambrosius Barth Verlag , later Barth publishing company in Leipzig was from 1780 to 1999 a major publishing house .


The founder of the publishing house in 1780 was Johann Philipp Haug (1747–1784). His widow married Johann Ambrosius Barth in 1789 , whose name the publisher carried from then on. When Hans Barth died in 1887 without an heir, Arthur Meiner bought the publishing house in 1890. He added the fields of medicine , psychology and prehistory and early history . He took over companies from Leopold Voss (1833–1895), Curt Kabitzsch and Hermann Meuserer . At the purchased publishing contracts belonged Breitkopf & Hartel . From 1949 to 1999 the calendar for star friends was published.

The Johann Ambrosius Barth Verlag was until 1987 limited partnership . After the death of the last partner , the company was in 1988 the state-owned enterprise publishers of Medicine and Biology in Berlin, Leipzig, Jena affiliated; However, it continued its activity under its own name. In July 1990, a limited liability company was formed with foreign participation by Hüthig Verlagsgemeinschaft Decker & Müller GmbH in Heidelberg. The branch of the publishing house still existing in Leipzig was closed in 1999.

Publishing archive

The archive of the publishing house stands as a National valuable archive under cultural protection . The holdings are kept as a deposit in the Leipzig State Archives .

Known products (selection)


  • Christoph Links : The fate of the GDR publishers. Privatization and its consequences. 2nd Edition. Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-86153-595-9 .
  • Curt Vinz, Günter Olzog: Documentation of German-language publishers. 11th edition Olzog, Munich 1992, p. 38.
  • Heidi Zscherp: Johann Ambrosius Barth Leipzig - a forgotten publisher? In: Siegfried Kiene , Richard Reding , Wolfgang Senst (eds.): Separate ways, undivided surgery; Contributions to surgery in the GDR . pro literatur Verlag, Augsburg 2009, ISBN 978-3866113985 , pp. 467-470.

Web links

Commons : Johann Ambrosius Barth Verlag  - Collection of images, videos and audio files
Wikisource: Johann Ambrosius Barth  - Sources and full texts

Individual evidence

  1. JA Barth (Saxon biography)
  2. Arthur Meiner (Saxon Biography)
  3. ^ Family Voss (
  4. a b J. A. Barth Verlag (State Archive Leipzig)
  5. Compare the inside titleof the II. annual volume (year 1904) in the Internet Archive