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Gebrüder Borntraeger Verlagsbuchhandlung (Borntraeger Brothers) is a scientific publisher covering the fields of Botany, Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Gebrüder Borntraeger Verlagsbuchhandlung
Parent companyE. Schweizerbart
FounderFriedrich Nicolovius
Country of originGermany
Headquarters locationStuttgart
Nonfiction topicsBotany, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences.
Fiction genresscientific
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The publishing house was established in 1790 in Königsberg by (Matthias) Friedrich Nicolovius (1768-1836). It was taken over in 1818 by the Borntraeger brothers. Their authors included Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel and Immanuel Kant. In 1867 they purchased Verlagsbuchhandlung from Edward Eggers, moved to Berlin and shifted the emphasis to natural sciences. Carl Robert Thost, one of the 34 founding members of the German Palaeontological Society ("Paläontologische Gesellschaft"), strengthened the publisher's board in 1895.[1]

The publisher is notable before WWII for its monographs, e.g. Köppen and Wegeners seminal work about the Climates of the past (1923), which is still relevant to climate science today.

After World War II, they relocated to Nikolassee. In 1968 the owners of E. Schweizerbart took over the publisher, and moved to Stuttgart where they cooperate with sister publisher but the publishers, whilst affiliated, remain formally independent.[2]

In 1986, the company acquired the botanical publisher J. Cramer (whose titles include Dissertationes Botanicae and Bibliotheca Phycologica), which continues to operate as an imprint in the Gebr. Borntraeger stable.

The Geological Guide collectionEdit

The publisher is noted for the collection of Geological Guides (Sammlung geologischer Führer) whose first 36 volumes were published before World War II from 1897 to 1939. Volume 37 was published as the first post war volume in 1958 and by 2013 the series had reached volume 138.[3]


  1. ^ Paläontologische Zeitschrift. 1 (1). March 1914 |url= missing title (help).CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  2. ^ "About Schweizerbart and Gebr. Borntraeger and J. Cramer — Schweizerbart science publishers". Schweizebart Science Publishers. Retrieved 25 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Sammlung Geologischer Führer" (in German). ISSN 0343-737X.


  • Gebrüder Borntraeger, Berlin und Leipzig 1790–1930. Berlin: Gebr. Borntraeger. 1930.
  • 200 Jahre Gebrüder Borntraeger Verlagsbuchhandlung, Berlin, Stuttgart: ein Jubiläum. Gebr. Borntraeger. 1990.

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