Józef Zawadzki (publisher)

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Józef Zawadzki
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Grave of Zawadzki
BornMarch 15 or March 7, 1781
DiedDecember 17, 1838
Resting placeAntakalnis Cemetery
54°41′53″N 25°19′16″E / 54.698°N 25.321°E / 54.698; 25.321
NationalityPolish
OccupationPressman, publisher, typographer, bibliophile
Known forFounder of the Zawadzki Press
ChildrenAdam Zawadzki
Józef Zawadzki
Feliks Zawadzki
Parent(s)Kasper Zawadzki
Stanisława z Kobierskich

Józef Zawadzki (1781–1838) was a Polish pressman, publisher, typographer and bibliophile, one of the most prominent Polish publishers in the 19th century. He was the founder of the Zawadzki Press and was the official publisher of Vilnius University. He published 851 books, mostly in Polish language, but also in Latin, Greek, Hebrew and Lithuanian.

Biography[edit]

Zawadzki was born on March 15 or March 7, 1781 in Koźmin, now Koźmin Wielkopolski, Poland. In 1805, he took over the printing press of Vilnius University and established his own Zawadzki Press. Until 1828, he was the official printer of the university. In 1810, Zawadzki with J. Węcki opened a branch of his printing house in Warsaw.

Zawadzki published works of fiction as well as scientific works. He published Historia literatury polskiej of Feliks Bentkowski (1814), Poezje vol. 1–2 of Adam Mickiewicz (1822–1823), works of Joachim Lelewel, Jan Śniadecki and Jędrzej Śniadecki, Słownik łacińsko-polski of Florjan Bobrowski (1822), calendars, music sheets, magazines, textbooks. He was the author of Organizacja księgarstwa polskiego (1818). Zawadzki's bookstore served as a meeting place of writers and intelligentsia. In 1818, he was a co-founder of Towarzystwo Typograficzne in Vilnius.

He died on December 17, 1838 in Vilnius and was buried at the Antakalnis Cemetery.

Further reading[edit]

  • Cybulski, Radosław (1972). Józef Zawadzki — księgarz, drukarz, wydawca (in Polish). Wrocław: Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich. OCLC 5667676.

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