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Reiss & Sohn was founded 1971 and is a specialized company for auctioning, buying and selling of rare antiquarian books, manuscripts, maps, prints and photography. Read more about the company

Next auction of rare books, manuscripts and maps happening in april 28th-30th 2020. Consignment offers welcome now.

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Invaluable: Nuremberg Chronicle at Auction

Nuremberg Chronicle (Detail)

One of the most celebrated collector’s items for book-lovers, the famous so-called “Nuremberg Chronicle” is on offer in the book auctions in spring 2020 at Reiss & Sohn. The work is named after it’s author the Nuremberg humanist Hartmann Schedel and was published in a Latin and a German edition in 1493. It is illustrated with almost 2000 woodcuts which are presumed to be produced with the collaboration of the young Albrecht Durer. The woodcuts depict amongst others some of the first realistic town views. The text is a rich source to contemporary history and knowledge mixed with some curious information as for instance an account of the discovery of America prior Christopher Columbus by the Nuremberg inventor Martin Behaim. The auctionhouse Reiss & Sohn is now accepting consignments for their upcoming spring auctions. Vendors are invited to get in touch with Reiss & Sohn. Cosignment offers are welcome.

1459 Durandus fetched € 413,000

On October 31st the book auction house Reiss & Sohn in Königstein/Taunus finished the annual fall sales with great success including some spectacular prices. The range of printed books on offer went from a publication date in the 15th century till early 20th century. 2700 lots were on offer. Highest result was achieved for the first edition of William Durand’s (Duranti) “Rationale divinorum”, printed in 1459 in Mainz. The total sale price after commencing with 250.000 calling price ended after fierce bidding at the amount of € 413.000 (including 18% buyer’s premium). A coloured copy of the famous Nuremberg chronicle sold for € 224,000 (Est. 100,000). A coloured copy of the first edition of the herbal by Leonhard Fuchs, published under the title “De historia Stirpium” in 1542 reached a total of € 106,200. Most important map wasa coloured copy of a rare state of the famous “Leo Belgicus”-Map, which found it’s new home at a total of € 64,900. The next auctions will take place in April 28th-30th 2020. Reiss & Sohn is looking forward to receiving consignment offers.

Fall Auctions 2019 Now Online

(Gautier d’Agoty, J. F.). Observations sur l’histoire naturelle.18 parts in 6 Vols. Paris 1752-1756.

In the forthcoming auction series, which is taking place on October 29th-31st, the Königstein (near Frankfurt/Main) based auction house Reiss & Sohn is offering roughly 2700 lots of rare and valuable antiquarian books, manuscripts, atlases and maps in three catalogues. The most expensive item of the sale is William Durand’s “Rationale divinorum” printed in Mainz in 1459 by Fust & Schoeffer, the successors of Gutenberg who shortly before took over the inventor’s printing office (Estimate € 280,000). This work is the fourth ever printed book, only preceeded by the Gutenberg Bible itself in 1455 and the two editions of the Psalters printed in the same printing house in 1457 and 1459. Some other rarities from the time of the craddle of printing are included in the same sale: a coloured copy of the Nuremberg chronicle (€ 100,000), a coloured copy of the first illustrated bible

to appear in print, which was published by Günther Zainer not after 1474 (€ 100,000) and the famous 2 volume bible printed by Anton Koberger in 1483 in a coloured copy (€ 100,000). The three day auction event at Reiss & Sohn includes also a special catalogue on geography and travel with almost 90 atlases (Ortelius, Blaeu, Mercator, Homann, Jeffreys and others) and some unusual plate books like Rechberg’s “Peuple de la Russie” and Melling’s “Voyage a Constantinople”. A special catalogue comprises a unique private collection of early books about “Exploration and Mountaineering” featuring many English first and early editions of travel accounts to the Himalayas, Caucasus, India and China with interesting provenance or annotations as well as some photographic material. This catalogue has extensive bibliographical descriptions in English. The normal catalogues also include a fine private collection of travel photography and over 900 lots or rare maps and prints.