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.
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.
The specialised book auction-house Reiss & Sohn will hold 3 day auctions in October 2019 and invites for consignments. The series of 3 sales will feature amongst others a fine coloured copy of the first edition of Leonard Fuchs’ famous herbal, a fine coloured copy of Koberger’s German bible of 1483 as well as a number of important incunabula, books of hours and coloured atlases. Also on offer is an interesting collection of early photography from the 1850ies till 1870ies. Fine and rare books and maps can still be consigned to this sale upon request. Please visit our page for up-dates. Go to preview
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