Prestel Publishing House

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Prestel Publishing House
founding   July 18, 1924
Seat   Munich , Germany
management   Christian Rieker
Publisher number   7814, 7913
Publishing group   Random House
genus   Illustrated book
book children's book

Prestel is a German illustrated book , art book and children's book publisher based in Munich . Its history goes back to the FAC Prestel art dealer, which has existed since 1774. The publishing house was founded in 1924 by Hermann Loeb in Frankfurt am Main . Prestel has been part of the Random House publishing group since 2008 . The publisher has received several awards for its design and editing work.


In 1774 Johann Gottlieb Prestel founded an art dealership in Nuremberg , which developed into an art gallery and was relocated to Frankfurt am Main in 1783 . At the end of the 19th century, one of his heirs converted the business into an auction house , which the antiquarian Albert Voigtländer-Tetzner acquired in 1910. In the 1920s, Prestel Verlag was finally separated from the rest of the company. The art historian Hermann Loeb bought his holdings and had Prestel-Verlags GmbH entered in the commercial register on July 18, 1924 . In 1933 the National Socialists forced Loeb to sell the publishing house to one of his employees. In exile in Switzerland, he founded Holbein Verlag, which worked closely with Prestel and also published works on behalf of Prestel. The Frankfurt parent company, the owner of which was reactivated as an officer, ran into serious economic difficulties at the end of the 1930s. Business could only be maintained with the financial support of an Augsburg paper wholesaler. Prestel Verlag was then sold to the Aachen lawyer Paul Capellmann, who converted the company into a limited partnership based in Munich in 1940 . The book inventory stored in Leipzig and the office in Munich fell victim to the Second World War. On February 15, 1945 the Reichsschrifttumskammer ordered the closure of Prestel Verlag.

After the end of the Second World War , the Capellmanns resumed publishing operations in Gmund am Tegernsee . In 1946 Gustav Stresow was appointed head of Prestel Verlag. Hermann Loeb, among others, advised him on the reconstruction. In 1950 Prestel Verlag left Gmund and moved into a printing company in Munich. After initial failures, Prestel developed under Gustav Stresow into an important publisher for travel literature , art history and visual arts . In 1977 Jürgen Tesch joined the company as a partner and publishing director. The subsidiaries in London and New York City were established under his leadership, and he also expanded the program to include architectural guides and exhibition catalogs, for example. In 1999 there was a change in the company's shareholder structure: The Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) took over the shares from Nadine Capellmann Biffar and Gina Capellmann Lütkemeier as well as part of the shares from Jürgen Tesch. The latter initially held a 40% stake in Prestel-Verlag GmbH & Co. KG as managing partner and responsible publisher . In 2005 FAZ Tesch also bought his remaining shares in Prestel Verlag.

At the end of 2005 the FAZ decided to part with its book publishers. The Deutsche Verlags-Anstalt and the Kösel and Manesse publishers were sold to the Random House publishing group, which belongs to Bertelsmann . Prestel and the participation in the dtv publishing house initially remained with the FAZ. It was only a year later that the FAZ parted with Prestel Verlag in order to concentrate fully on its core business. Martin Dort, Johannes Heyne and Jürgen Krieger became new shareholders. In mid-2008, the Random House publishing group announced the takeover of Prestel Verlag. Martin Dort and Johannes Heyne left the company, Jürgen Krieger remained on board as a publisher. He pushed internationalization, for example he formed small independent publishing units from the sales offices in London and New York City. As part of the integration of Prestel into the Random House publishing group, Prestel-Verlag GmbH & Co. KG was deleted from the commercial register in 2009, but the publisher remained largely independent under the umbrella of the publishing group.

In 2010 Christian Rieker took over the management of Prestel. He gave the children's book and gift book program its own profile and expanded the publisher's spectrum to include lifestyle topics. After the catalog for the first documenta in 1955 had already been published by Prestel, the publishing house worked again with the Kassel Kunstschau in 2017.


Cover of "Art Nouveau" ( Norbert Wolf , 2011)

Albums and art portfolios were in great demand at the beginning of the 20th century. Herman Loeb acquired the holdings of FAC Prestel in order to be able to produce and sell facsimiles of old masters , among other things . The first publication by Prestel Verlag was a portfolio with Dutch drawings from the Hamburger Kunsthalle . Such works were primarily intended for collectors and scholars in Germany and the United States. In 1933, Hermann Loeb finally started a new, inexpensive art book series in order to counter collapsing sales figures. The first volume of Prestel books was the drawing book "Altdeutsche Meister" by Edmund Schilling . This opened the publisher to a wider audience.

Gustav Stresow continued the design work that was characteristic of the publishing house after the Second World War. With travel volumes and landscape books, city monographs and facsimiles of medieval and early modern book art works, Prestel increased both reputation and sales. The series “Pictures from the German Past” started in 1956 by Ludwig Grote came to more than 30 volumes, “Studies and materials for the art of the 19th century” (from 1965) even to over 80. Stresow's successor Jürgen Tesch expanded the program, especially in Field of architecture. In 1985, on the occasion of the opening of the Musée Picasso in Paris, the first museum guide was published. As large museums offered more and more exhibitions, their catalogs became an integral part of the program. Several catalogs of works were created in cooperation with renowned art scholars, for example by Caspar David Friedrich in cooperation with the Swiss Institute for Art Studies .

Since the 1990s, books for children and young people have also been part of the Prestel range, which appear under the Prestel Junior label. Since the 2010s, the publisher has increasingly expanded its profile to include lifestyle topics such as fashion, popular photography, enjoyment and design. At the same time, however, art catalogs remained a central pillar of the publishing house, around which illustrated books on photo art and architecture as well as museum guides are grouped. Around half of the around 200 novelties each year appear in English and are distributed worldwide by Prestel Publishing .


  • Jürgen Tesch (Ed.): Prestel: 1924–1999 . Publishing history and bibliography. Prestel, Munich 1999, ISBN 3-7913-2213-3 .

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