R. Oldenbourg Publishing House

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R. Oldenbourg Publishing House

legal form GmbH
founding 1858
Seat Munich , Germany
Branch publishing company
Website www.oldenbourg.de

The R. Oldenbourg Verlag is a 1858 by Rudolf Oldenbourg (1811-1903), was established in book and magazine publisher with a focus on science , technology and textbooks . It was owned by the Oldenbourg family until 2004 and was then sold to Cornelsen Verlag as the Oldenbourg publishing group . The Oldenbourg publishers included the Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag , the Oldenbourg Schulbuchverlag with its subsidiary Bayerischer Schulbuchverlag (bsv) and the Akademie Verlag .

With retroactive effect from January 1, 2013, the Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag and the Akademie-Verlag were bought by the De Gruyter publishing house .


Historical magazine , title page of the first volume 1859

The technical journal Journal for gas lighting and related types of lighting was the first product of the Oldenbourg publishing house in 1858. In the following year, Rudolf Oldenbourg and Heinrich von Sybel founded the historical journal , which is important for German history , but was initially published in the Cotta'sche publishing house. In 1873 the field of school books was added.

Well-known scientists published in the Oldenbourg publishing house as early as the 19th century, including Heinrich von Sybel, the Nobel Prize for Literature Paul Heyse and the chemist and hygienist Max von Pettenkofer . In the 20th century the publishing house sponsored the space pioneer Hermann Oberth and published well-known series such as Oldenbourg Grundriss der Geschichte under his name.

On June 3, 2008 the Oldenbourg publishing group, which belonged to the Cornelsen group from 2004 to 2012, celebrated its 150th anniversary in the Deutsches Museum . On this occasion, the museum set up an exhibition on the Oldenbourg Verlag for three months; the publisher issued a commemorative publication on its history.


The publisher's logo in front of the former headquarters in Munich

"The overall program of the Oldenbourg publishers currently includes around 4800 books and 50 magazines." The main subjects of the technology departments are environmental technology, supply technology, building technology and automation technology. In the larger area of ​​science, the publisher publishes on history, politics and philosophy, on social and economic sciences, and on natural and engineering sciences. The school book sector publishes works for general education schools in Germany, Austria and Switzerland; In 2009 this area generated sales of around 20 million euros through books and magazines .

The head office of the publishing house is Munich , the head office was for a long time in Rosenheimer Straße 145. Since January 1st, 2013 the publishing house can be found in house number 143. The publishing house also had a printing company located in Kirchheim near Munich . It was taken over by another company in 2005.


  • Tilmann Wesolowski: Publishers and publishing policy - The science publisher R. Oldenbourg between the Empire and National Socialism . Meidenbauer, Munich 2010, ISBN 978-3-89975-199-4 .
  • Tilmann Wesolowski: Shifting technology - doing science? Publishing influence on the development of technical sciences using the example of the R. Oldenbourg publishing house (=  history of technology . Volume 76 , no. 1 ). 2009, ISSN  0040-117X , p. 37-63 .
  • Reinhard Wittmann : Knowledge for the future. 150 years of Oldenbourg Verlag . Oldenbourg Wissenschaftsverlag, Munich 2008, ISBN 978-3-486-58822-4 .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. De Gruyter buys science publishers. In: Süddeutsche Zeitung , February 27, 2013, p. 14.
  2. a b c d The history of the R. Oldenbourg publishing house . oldenbourg-verlag.de; Retrieved October 21, 2010.
  3. Company portrait (OSV / BSV). (No longer available online.) R. Oldenbourg Verlag, formerly in the original ; Retrieved June 14, 2010 .  ( Page no longer available , search in web archives )@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.oldenbourg.de
  4. see entry of the printer at Northdata accessed April 19, 2020