The firm was founded by Johann Georg Cotta (1631-1692) in 1659 in Tübingen after he had taken over the university bookseller. The business passed to Cotta's son, also Johann Georg after the founder's death in 1692, and then to the latter's eldest son (Also Johann Georg) in 1712 and to Christoph Friedrich Cotta (1730-1807). The most famous Cotta was Johann Friedrich Freiherr Cotta von Cottendorf (1764-1832), an energetic publisher, businessman and public servant, who must be the only publisher to have also founded a steamboat company.
The firm stayed in the family, initially prospering because it had the monopoly of publishing Goethe and Schiller (until 1867) but in 1889 it passed out of Cotta family hands after 200 years, bought by Adolf and Paul Kroner. Its music publishing activity seems to have been between 1863 and 1910, entirely of the Viennese classics apart from a few songs by von Hornstein.
The Ernst Klett educational publishing house bought the company in 1936. Finally in 1977 Klett-Cotta was relaunched and now publishes non-fiction books (mainly psychology) and fantasy titles.
- Beethoven: Complete Piano Sonatas, edited by Hans von Bülow
Imprints, Agencies, Addresses
- J.G. Cotta
|23||Beethoven||Sonaten und andere Werke, v. 4 (Op.53-90)||1891|
|32||Beethoven||Sonaten und andere Werke, v. 1 (Op.2-14)||1891|
|33||Beethoven||Sonaten und andere Werke, v. 2 (Op.22-49)||1891|
|34||Beethoven||Sonaten und andere Werke, v. 3 (Op.33-51)||1891|
|35||Beethoven||Sonaten und andere Werke, v. 5 (Op.101-129)||1891|
|35||Beethoven||Piano Sonata No.28, Op.101||1891|
- 1. The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, edited by Stanley Sadie.
- New York and London: Macmillan Publications, 1980.