Johannes Singriener

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Johannes Singriener the Elder (* around 1480 in Oetting , Bavaria ; † late 1545 in Vienna ) was a German printer and publisher who worked in Vienna.


Singriener has been in Vienna since 1510, where he worked as a printer and publisher together with Hieronymus Vietor from 1510 to 1514 . With him he printed about 80 books. After that, Singriener ran his shop alone until 1545. More than 400 works by him are known from this period. He first printed in Greek letters in 1518, and his first German book in 1519. In 1540 he was given the privilege to print all of the prince's mandates and ordinances of Lower Austria .

Singriener was friends with the humanists Collimitius and Joachim Vadian . He was a member of the Corpus Christi Brotherhood at St. Stephan. From 1519 he owned the house at Riemergasse 9, from 1526 to 1530 also the neighboring house at Riemergasse 11 and in 1527 also the winter house at Tuchlauben 20. Singriener was buried in St. Stephen's Cathedral after his death , but his grave can no longer be found. His company was initially continued by the eldest son, Matthäus Singriener, together with his brother Johann Singriener the Younger under the name of Singrienersche Erben until 1549. From this point on, Johann Singriener the Younger was the sole owner of the company and produced 148 printing units by the end of the company in 1562.

In 1894 Singrienergasse in Vienna- Meidling was named after the printer.


Johann Singriener the Elder was one of the most important printers and publishers in Vienna. He earned his good reputation, also outside of Vienna, through his particularly careful execution and the great variety of fonts he used. He printed in German, Hungarian, French, Greek and Hebrew from the fields of medicine, theology, law, philology, poetry and rhetoric. The first world map cut in wood in Austria also comes from Singriener. Other important works from his printing house were a six-language dictionary from 1538, a printed sheet music with the works of the lute player Hans Judenkönig , as well as the works of the contemporary humanists Erasmus von Rotterdam , Joachim Vadian, Wolfgang Schmeltzl and Johannes Cramer. He also worked as a bookseller, his shop was in the bishop's court.