Over 150 years of publishing house Moritz Schäfer

More than 150 years ago, the basis for the publishing house Moritz Schäfer was created in Leipzig: on 12 April 1844, Carl Ernst Schäfer founded a bookseller's shop with the intention of later becoming a publisher, taking over the Heinsiusschen Buchhandlung, Gera, which had existed since 1794. Let's take a look back.

1844-1863

1844-1863

After a few years the first books were published, but then the 1848 events took place, during which Ernst Schäfer (1821-1878) went to America, where he built up the publishing house Schäfer & Koradi (Rudolph Koradi, 1824-1907) in Philadelphia (this company was managed for decades as a branch of the Leipzig House), while his 22-year-old brother Gustav Moritz Schäfer Both brothers Schäfer were qualified booksellers, and it was not unimportant for the later orientation of the publishing house that they came from a mill on their mother's side (the mill Hommel in Skassa near Großenhain, near Dresden).

Initially, the young company's publishing program did not have any recognisable focal points. Besides novels and classic editions – partly bilingual – well-written entertainment literature in newspaper format, teaching materials, atlases and much more. Ten years later, numerous heraldic and, above all, excellently equipped numismatic works were the first specialisation to be discovered, followed by a gradual transition from the 1960s onwards to specialist literature (books and journals).