J. Rau (fl. c. 1850 - 1865) was a New York based publisher and printer. Little is known of Rau. He maintained offices at 333 Broadway where he published works in association with others from the German-American immigrant community, most prominent among them Gustav Kraetzer (1822 - 1901). Rau published maps, views, advertising, and books. There is some unverified evidence that he may have been born in Württemberg and fled to the United States following his involvement in the Revolutions of 1848, making him a 48er. He has some association with the Nicaraguan-German civil engineer Maximilian von Sonnenstern (1819 - 1895), also a 48er from Württemberg, for whom he published several seminal maps

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