Paul Geuthner

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Paul Geuthner (* 1877 in Eisenach ; † January 17, 1949 in Paris ) was a German - French bookseller, publisher and publicist. He was the founder of the Librairie Geuthner in Paris, which specializes in oriental studies .


Even as a teenager, Paul Geuthner showed a keen interest in the book trade. After a short internship at Harrassowitz Verlag in Leipzig, he went to London , where he worked for Wheldon & Wesley for five years. In 1900 he moved to Paris, where, after working for a year as a bookseller, he went into business for himself in a room that also served as his place of residence. In 1902 and again in 1911 he was able to move to larger premises. He married a native of Prague and obtained French citizenship in 1914 . Since 1910 he limited himself as a bookseller to oriental studies , called his bookstore Librairie orientaliste and took Arabic courses at the École des langues orientales vivantes .

In the First World War he was drafted into the military and sent to Morocco , where he was introduced to Marshal Lyautey , who asked him to help organize the library of the French President-General in Rabat . In 1926 he became editor of the scientific journal Journal des savants . In 1927 he founded the Revue des études islamiques with Louis Massignon , in 1928 with the archaeologist and Egyptologist Pierre Montet the magazine Kêmi as well as numerous other publications that covered the entire field of oriental studies from Africa to China . He died at his Paris residence in 1949.


  • D [USSAUD], R .: "Paul Geuthner (1877-1949)", Syria 27 (1950), 381-383. Notice necrologique. ( Online )

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Individual evidence

  1. Ritta Baddoura: Éditions Geuthner: un engagement lumineux pour le savoir in: L'Orient Littéraire, 2011-02
  2. Notice nécrologique