ackermann, rudolph defined in 1939 yearackermann, rudolph - Ackermann, rudolph (1764-1834);
ackermann, rudolph - German-English publisher and bookseller. Born at Schneeberg, Saxony, the son of a saddler, he came to London, worked as a carriage draughtsman, and opened a print-shop in the Strand. There he issued a monthly publication called The Repository of Arts, Literature and Commerce (1809-28), the series of annuals entitled Forget-Me-Not, and illustrated histories of Westminster Abbey, Oxford and Cambridge universities, and the public schools. He introduced lithography to England, and translated a work on the subject by its inventor, Alois Senefelder. He was one of the first inventors of waterproof fabrics for clothing, and promoted gas-lighting in cities.
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