The oldest child of a military family learned because he could not study finance his parents, the publisher Ed. Greger the printing trade and was there for over ten years as a clerk and dispatcher. Through his diligence, labor input, but also marriage to the daughter of the wealthy Prague bookseller January Pospisil, he could start his own business. In 1874, a successful bookstore that will be expanded to a publisher. In 1899 he sold the print shop and founded the Czech graphic society Unie. From the Charles University 's bookstore has been certified to the university bookstore.
In addition to his publishing activities, he also took active part in social life. Otto was a member active in numerous associations. He worked in the Prague Sokol with, beseda in Umělecká, the Committee for the construction of the National Theatre. In the Commercial Bank ( Zivnostenská banka ) he belonged to the Senior Citizens Council and Deputy Chief Executive. He was active in the City Council and Chamber of Commerce, the Committee on the state Jubilee Exhibition of 1891, the Executive Committee of the Ethnographic Exhibition in 1895 ( Národopisná výstava ) for initiative. 1912 he was appointed a member of parliament in ( Panská sněmovna ). He met regularly with leaders such as Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and Edvard Beneš.
Otto was awarded numerous medals, including in 1886 the Gold Medal of the City of Prague, Knight of the Franz- Joseph- Orden ( 1891) or Order of the Iron Crown III. Class in 1898 and the gold medal at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900.
He also resigned as a patron on, supported local public education organizations and left memorials, including Pribislau grave hill by Jan Zizka.
Of significance was the publication of Brehm's Animal Life, which, however, was not to be compared with his life's work of Otto 's Encyclopaedia ( Ottův Dictionary naučný ). This car appeared from 1888 to 1909 in a total of 27 bands. In addition to the extensive version there was also a paperback edition (1908 ) and a two-part summary ( 1905-1906 ). Meanwhile, the work also appeared on CD -ROM.
He moved books of any genre, starting with less demanding literature as the edition Salon Library ( Salonní Biblioteka ), Russian Library ( Ruská knihovna ), Library of the golden city of Prague ( Knihovna Zlaté near Prague ), Library of folk entertainment ( Knihovna besed Lidu ), World Library ( Světová knihovna ) and British library ( Anglická knihovna ). Edited collection are works of Jaroslav Vrchlický, writings of Adolf Heyduk, collection of world poetry, dramatic works of William Shakespeare, the complete works of Alois Jirásek, Karolina Svetla and Jakub Arbes.
Philosophy, mathematics, linguistics, encyclopedias, including lecture and essay collection ( Sbírka přednášek a rozprav ), Health Encyclopedia ( Slovník zdravotní ) Lidové rozpravy Lékařské ( Volksdisputation about medicine), interpretation of community law of Joseph Black ( Výklad zákona Obecního ), History of the Middle Ages František Šembera ( Dejiny středověké ), Slavic Almanac ( Sbornik Slovanský ), Historical and erdkundliches collective Work ( Sbornik historický a Zeměpisný ), Political library ( Politická Biblioteka ), collection of political and economic writings ( Sbornik spisů Politických a národohospodářských ), Czech and entertainment teaching library (Česká knihovna Zabavy a poučení )
- Philosophical works of Josef Durdik, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, James Sully
- Historical works of Václav Vladivoj Tomek, Jaroslav Goll, Antonín Rezek, Jaroslav Čelakovský, Joseph Šembera, František Svátek
- Scientific works of Adam Rayman Ján František Vejdovsky
- Jurisprudential works of Antonín Randa, Albín BRAF, Konstantin Jirecek, Josef Kaizl
- Historical literature works by Georg Brandes, Vladimír Václav Zeleny and František Zoubek
- Mathematical science literature of František Josef Studnička
- Linguistic literature by Čeněk Šercl
- Dictionaries German, French, Russian, Italian and Polish
Teaching and Art Books
Including album of Václav Brožík, Antonín Chittussi, Aleš
National Theatre (Narodni Divadlo ), legend of Saint Procopius of Jaroslav Vrchlický ( Vrchlickeho Legenda o sv. Prokopu ), The Holy Bible with illustrations by Gustave Doré ( Pismo svaté s illustracemi Doréovými ), King's son Rudolf's journey through Eastern countries ( Kralevice Rudolfa Cesta po zemích východních ), Czech- Slavic folklore exhibition ( Národopisná výstava českoslovanská ), narrations, and arabesques Humoresken of Svatopluk Čech ( Povídky, arabesk a humoresky Svat. Čecha ), as well as the extensive work of Bohemia ( Bohemia ).
Golden Prague ( Zlata Praha), Lumír, Illustrated World ( Ilustrovaný svět ) Světozor, humorous Tom Thumb ( humoristický Paleček ), scientific journal Athenaeum, Prague Economic Newspaper ( Pražské Hospodářské noviny ), Autonomous Rundschau ( Samosprávný Obzor ), activated ( Živa ), National Rundschau ( Obzor národohospodářský ) Budec messenger ( Posel z Budče ).