cover 1890
color cover 1890s



Aleksander Arct founded his firm in Warsaw in the late 19th century. It first published mainly piano music. From about 1900 the editions were more scholarly, edited by Warsaw Music Conservatoire teachers such as Jan Łysakowski, Aleksander Różycki, and Aleksander Michałowski. Arct's son Jerzy took over the firm in 1930.

Jerzy and his cousin Stanislaw Arct rebuilt the firm after its premises were destroyed in 1945. The bookshop was opened on 24th October 1945 at 35 Nowy Świat. The family of the previous director, the late Zygmunt (his wife Maria Buyno-Arctowa and sons Zbysław and Bohdan) took over the name of the company (M. Arct Zakłady Wydawnicze Sp. Akcyjna) and moved the premises to Wroclaw.


Imprints, Addresses, Agencies


  • M. Arct
  • M. Arct Zakłady


  • Warsaw Nowy Swiat 53

Plate Numbers

  • Arct's plate numbers appear in the format of M. #### A. Dates in italics are estimated.
Plate Composer Work Year
0005 Bohm 6 Morceaux, Op.302 (No.2) 1890
0010 Karłowicz 10 Pieśni, Op.3
00109 Wroński Żelazowski, Op.161 1899
1345 Lack Valse blonde, Op.216 1903

Authority Control

Sources Consulted

  • Mini Dictionary of Music by Gustaw Roguski (1927).
  • In the shadow of PWM. On some private music publishing houses in Poland