typical cover (1850)



In 1837 Auguste Holle, a widow, bought the firm Hartmann’sche Kunst- und Musikalienhandlung, founded in Wolfenbuttel, a small town near Braunschweig in Lower Saxony, which had been founded by C. H. Hartmann (1797-1840) in 1821, for her son Gottfried Friedrich Ludwig (Louis) Holle. Louis Holle built the firm into a thriving Music and Map publisher with its own printing works. There were many complete works for piano (Beethoven, Hummel, Weber etc), and classical works arranged for piano solo or duet in the catalog.

Holle was bought in 1872 by Daniel Grüneberg of Grüneberg’s Buch-, Kunst und Musikalienhandlung in Braunschweig for his son in law Julius Zwissler (1848-1922). Zwissler had already founded his own publishing firm in nearby Braunschweig in 1872. In 1881 Zwissler became sole owner and changed the name to Julius Zwissler (L. Holle’s Nachfolger). However he was more interested in history book publishing than music, and sold the music side of the business to C.F.W. Siegel of Leipzig in 1894. He also disposed of the printing works.

The remainder of the history is given on the Möseler Verlag page.

Imprints, Addresses, Agencies


  • Holle
  • L. Holle
  • Julius Zwissler (L. Holle’s Nachfolger)


  • Haus am Stadtmarkt, Wolfenbuttel

Engraving and Printing Partners

Plate Numbers

Holle's plate numbers were issued in a regular chronological fashion. Plate numbers are in the format of #### . Dates in italics are estimated.

Plate Composer Work Year
266 Kuhlau 3 Rondolettos, Op.117 1855

Authority Control

Sources Consulted