THE OUTPUT OF THE TOWARZYSTWO WYDAWNICZE (PUBLISHING SOCIETY) IN LVOV IN THE LIGHT OF ITS 1910 CATALOGUE
The Towarzystwo Wydawnicze (Publishing Society) was founded in Lvov in 1897 on the initiative of activists of the National League (founded in 1893) and the National-Democratic Party (founded in 1897), who came to Lvov from the Kingdom of Poland, including Jan Ludwik PopławGwalbert Pawlikowski, Stanisław Zakrzewski and Józef Nusbaum-Hilarowicz. The objective of the Society was to publish — at its own expense — and promote literary and scholarly works of its members. They included politicians, social activists, writers and journalists. ski and Roman Dmowski, as well as representatives of the local intellectual circles, including Jan
The Catalogue of works published by the Publishing Society in Lvov in 1897–1910 lists 109 works dealing with science, sociology and history, criticism, aesthetics and history of literature, as well as novels, plays, poems and musical works. Most works were works of fiction and literary criticism; the best known authors whose writings the Society published included Władysław Orkan, Jan Kasprowicz, Stanisław Witkiewicz, Jan August Kisielewski, Stanisław Przybyszewski, Maryla Wolska and Piotr Chmielowski. There were quite a few publications dealing with politics and social matters, especially works by the leading ideologists of National Democracy, e.g. Roman Dmowski, Zygmunt Wasilewski, Józef Karol Potocki and Zygmunt Balicki. On the other hand, there were very few works dealing with other disciplines, e.g. agriculture, medicine and hygiene as well as chemistry.
The legacy of the Publishing Society makes it one of the most important institutions of this kind in Lvov at the turn of the 20th century.