In 1913, Leipzig was the centre of the German book trade and printing industry. The city’s prestigious firms included such publishing companies as F. A. Brockhaus, Reclam and Breitkopf & Härtel. This is where the Duden dictionary, the Meyers Konversationslexikon encyclopaedia and 90 per cent of the world’s sheet music were published. And now a digital map shows how ubiquitously the cityscape was shaped by the book trade at that time.
To create the book-trade map, a total of 2,200 company locations were recorded in a database and sorted according to commercial category. Its creators then added the modern iterations of the historic addresses together with their geo-coordinates. Everything was then transferred to a digital map with an historic overlay.
The digital book-trade map is a collaborative project between the German National Library’s German Museum of Books and Writing in Leipzig and the City of Leipzig’s Office of Geoinformation and Land Management.
Click here to see the map.