WELCOME – Book Auctions

From our coming Spring Auctions in May 2023:

M. Merian. Dance of Death. Basel 1789. With splendidly gouached additional series of the engravings
J. P. Redouté. Les Roses. 3 volumes. Paris 1828-1829
H. Holbein. Imagines mortis. Lyon 1547

Remarkable hammer prices from our recent spring sales:

Sold at recent spring sales 2022:
K. Marx & F. Engels, Kommunistisches Manifest
First edition, First printing - Hitherto unknown copy
Estimate: 70,000€ - Hammer Price: 300,000€
Sold at recent spring sales 2022:
Book of Hours for the Use of Metz, 1320-1340
Estimate: 50,000€ - Hammer Price 100,000€

Autumn Sales 2022: Consignment offers welcome

Due to Covid-19 situation our Auction Sales 205-207, October 26-29, 2021 will be taking place BEHIND CLOSED DOORS without hall audience. Visits according viewing plan strictly by appointment only. Please submit bids via our web-catalogue, fax or telephone. For direct online participation via our website please register here cost-free for live bidding online.
Due to the Covid-19 situation personal visits in our premises are possible strictly by appointment only.
From our coming Spring Sales:
P. Claudel. L'homme et son desir. Petropolis & Paris 1917. Paper cuts by Audrey Parr
Sold at recent Spring Sales 2022:
S. Freud. Die Traumdeutung. Leipzig & Vienna 1900
Preserving Or.-Printed Wrappers
Estimate: 15,000€ - Hammer Price 18,000€
From our coming Spring Sales 2022:
Maximilian von Wied-Neuwied
Reise in das Innere Nord-America. Atlas

Auction Sales 205-207

Due to the Covid-19 situation personal visits in our premises, including viewing, are possible strictly by appointment only. We wish to draw your attention to the many images in the web catalogue. Do not hesitate to ask for additional information. Pre-Viewing of lots via safe live-stream transmission upon request, limited time slots.

Due to the current restrictions we recommend to submit your absentee bids either in writing or directly via our web catalogue. Alternatively you participate in our auction directly via our “Live-bidding” system on our website (cost-free) or you participate via telephone. Please visit ou website for regular updates concerning Covid-19 situation.

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 book auctions: rare books, manuscripts and maps taking place april 28th-30th 2020. Consignment offers welcome now.

Items from our anniversary auction catalogue spring 2021

1,28 Mio € – Highest ever Auction Result for a Printed Book at a German Auction

At an auction sale of Reiss & Sohn in 2017 the very first printing of Martin Luther’s “95 Theses”, published in 1517 and marking the beginning of the protestant reform was called up at an estimated price of

150,000 €. After a fierce bidding contest between room and telephones this “milestone-of-printing” went to a proud buyer who participated by telephone and realized a total of 1,28 Mio €, a record price in the history of German book auction sales.

 1 Million Euro for an Incunabulum at Auction

In fall 2021 the book auction house Reiss & Sohn sold a copy of the rare first incunable edition of “Rudimentum Novitiorum” (publ. 1475)  from the presses of the famous prototypographer and Luebeck printer Lucas Brandis. Besides useful and up-to-date knowledge for the young clergyman and student the work comprises a number of important early maps, representing the medieval knowledge of the world. The auction was 1 Million Euro (incl. buyer’s premium), which is the highest price received for this work at auction.

We are happy to receive consignment offers for our autumn sales 2021. Please direct all offers in written form or give us a call.

Your reliable business partner for valuable books, manuscripts and maps – Book auctions since 1971


Auction – The most famous early cookbook

Augsburg, Johann Schönsperger, 31. Dez. 1500

With the Küchenmeisterei, this time a very special gastronomic rarity can be found in the offer of the upcoming autumn auctions from 25-27 October 2022. The first German cookery book addressed to the kitchen masters of noble lords and princely courts and covering all areas of gastronomy, here in an extremely rare edition from 1500. Only 1 incomplete copy in the Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke!


With almost 1900 lots, REISS & SOHN’s autumn auctions 2022 offer a wide-ranging cultural-historical panorama with rare, valuable and beautiful manuscripts, books and prints. The catalogues of the autumn auctions from 25-27 October are now available online providing more than 7000 images.

Biblia latina. Illuminated latin manuscript on vellum, late 13th century
H. Schedel. Liber chronicarum. Nuremberg, A. Koberger, 1493 – Completely colured by hand.
Book of Hours for the in the diocese of Quimper. Northern France, c. 1380

Particularly noteworthy are a 13th century Bible manuscript (estimate 50,000 €), four magnificent books of hours from the 14th-16th centuries (estimates 20,000-50,000 €), a 13th century Latin Psalter (40,000 €), a coloured copy of Schedel’s Liber chronicarum (120,000 €), interesting autographs of renowned natural scientists, important literary works of the Baroque and Classical periods, the fan-shaped world map by Johannes Ruysch (20,000 €), a heart-shaped world map by Gerard de Jode (10,000 €) and many other precious items. From now on you can browse, search specifically with the full text search and place your bids with your user account. We hope you enjoy discovering it.

Scarce World Map by Johannes Ruysch. Rome, 1507/1508

Marx and Engels “Communist Manifesto” sold at record price

At the spring auction 2022 Reiss & Sohn sold he first printing of the “Communist Manifesto” by Marx and Engels for a stunning amount of 360.000 Euro (incl. rounded buyer’s premium). 

A 13th century illuminated bible manuscript from France with an interesting provenance fetched 142.800,- Euro (incl. buyer’s premium). Worth mentioning was a knockdown for an illuminated Latin and French book of hours, probably from the surroundings of Metz, made ca. 1320-1340, for 119.000 Euro (incl. buyer’s premium).

Leibniz’s earliest work on combinatorics, the “Dissertatio de arte combinatoria” (EA.) achieved around 53.600 euros (incl. buyer’s premium, estimate 10.000 euros).

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