Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

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Publishing house in Göttingen

Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (V&R) is a publishing house based in Göttingen that mainly publishes scientific literature .


The publishing house was founded by Abraham Vandenhoeck on February 13, 1735 - in close connection with the opening of the University of Göttingen . After 1750 his widow Anna Vandenhoeck (1709–1787) continued to run the publishing house, later together with Carl Friedrich Günther Ruprecht (1730–1816), who joined the publishing house in 1748 as an apprentice.

Anna Vandenhoeck died in 1787 and CFG Ruprecht inherited the company with financial restrictions. He headed the publishing house until his death in 1816. Then his son Carl August Adolf Ruprecht (1791–1861) and his son-in-law Justus Friedrich Danckwerts (1779–1841) took over the company. Günther Ruprecht headed the company from 1929 . Until the seventh generation, the management remained in the hands of the Ruprecht family, who are still the sole shareholders of the company.

The publishing house describes the topics of theology and religion , history , classical studies , philosophy , philologies as well as psychology , psychotherapy and counseling as the classic core areas of its publications . Today's offer also includes school books and non-academic literature.

In 1935 the Academy of Sciences in Göttingen transferred its publications to Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht. Essays and news of the academy appeared in the publishing house until 2007; The Göttingische Schehrten Werbung , the oldest scientific journal in the German-speaking area, will continue to be published there.

During the time of National Socialism , the publishing director Günther Ruprecht published the magazine Junge Kirche at V&R , the mouthpiece of the Confessing Church . In 1941 the Young Church was banned; From 1942 onwards all publishing houses were forced to use paper. As a result, the publisher had to limit itself to philological and scientific titles and school books for the remainder of the Second World War. In the post-war period, V&R became a comprehensive university publisher again. At the beginning of 2003 Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht founded the subsidiary V&R unipress for the special requirements of highly specialized scientific work .

In May 2010 Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht opened a US subsidiary in Bristol (Connecticut) ( Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht LLC ). With it, the publisher strengthens its customer service in the USA and guarantees the quick availability of the titles as well as the presence at all relevant American congresses.

On July 4, 2011, the publisher's archive, comprising around 4,000 files , was handed over to the Berlin State Library .

The Böhlau Verlag was acquired by Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht early 2017th The Böhlau brand is to be retained.

See also


  • Wilhelm Ruprecht: Fathers and Sons: Two centuries of booksellers in a German university town. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1935, ISBN 978-3-525-36019-4 .
  • Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (ed.): 225 years of Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht in Göttingen - February 13, 1960 . Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1960 ( catalog of the German National Library ).
  • Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (eds.): Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht in Göttingen: 1735–1985 . Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1985 ( catalog of the German National Library - 17 pages).
  • Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht (eds.): Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht 1735–1985. Anniversary calendar: for 1985 with copperplate engravings from books of the 18th century . Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1985 ( catalog of the German National Library ).
  • Franz MengesRuprecht. In: New German Biography (NDB). Volume 22, Duncker & Humblot, Berlin 2005, ISBN 3-428-11203-2 , pp. 292-294 ( digitized version ).
  • Barbara Lösel: The woman as a personality in the book industry. Shown using the example of the Göttingen publisher Anna Vandenhoeck (1709–1787), Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, 1991.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht . In: Rudolf Schmidt: German booksellers. Deutsche Buchdrucker , Volume 6. Berlin / Eberswalde 1908, pp. 969–972.
  2. ^ Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht: The publishing archive goes to Berlin. On: June 24, 2011.
  3. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, No. 220 of September 20, 2016, p. 11
  4. - Böhlau goes to German publishing group . Article dated September 19, 2016, accessed September 19, 2016.
  5. - Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht publishing group takes over Böhlau Verlag . Article dated September 19, 2016, accessed September 19, 2016.

Coordinates: 51 ° 32 ′ 7.1 ″  N , 9 ° 56 ′ 21.7 ″  E