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Gaebler, Friedrich Eduard

Friedrich Eduard Gäbler (or Gaebler) (1842-1911) was a German engraver, lithographer, cartographer and publisher. Trained as a steel and copper engraver at Albert Henry Payne's art institute in Leipzig, he and his brother developed a new reproduction process suitable for high-speed letterpress presses, the zincography-based pantatype. He set up his own publishing house from 1866; he ran George Westermann's publishing house between 1874 and 1879, also in Leipzig, which he took over upon the death of the founder. Publications included a celestial atlas, a German Empire city atlas, travel and hiking maps, car and cycling maps, school atlases and wall maps. After his death, the company remained in family ownership until its bankruptcy in 1935 when it was taken over by Deutsche Zentraldruckerei AG in 1941. Operations did not resume after 1945.