The Brno Bookseller, Publisher and Printer Franz Gastl

Pages 13–21
DOI 10.37520/amnpsc.2022.003
Keywords bookstore – printing company – lithographic shop – publishing house – Brno
Type of Article Peer-reviewed
Citation HEILANDOVÁ, Lucie. The Brno Bookseller, Publisher and Printer Franz Gastl. Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum. Prague: National Museum, 2022, 67(1-2), 13–21. DOI: ISSN 2570-6861 (Print), 2570-687X (Online). Also available from:
Acta Musei Nationalis Pragae – Historia litterarum | 2022/67/1-2

The company of Johann Georg Gastl and his sons was one of major printing and bookselling houses operating in Brno in the middle of the 19th century. Johann Nepomuk Gastl and his younger brother Franz Gastl had trained as booksellers. Johann Nepomuk Gastl assumed the management of the company after the death of Johann Georg Gastl. The younger Franz joined the family business in 1821 and between 1821–1829 worked as a bookseller in Olomouc. He moved to Brno in 1829 and took over the management of the publishing house and bookstore. He founded the first public book-rental shop at the bookstore in 1831. His brother decided to sell him his printing business in 1836, which made Franz Gastl the sole owner of an ever-growing company (the company of Franz Gastl became a printing company, lithographic shop, type foundry, publishing house, bookstore and book-rental shop). Franz Gastl died in 1855, and his company was taken over by his son Georg Gastl, who continued his father’s activities.

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