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G. Mercator. Atlas sive Cosmographicae meditationes. Amsterdam 1630. – with 164 engr. maps with contemp. colouring
Maria S. Merian. Histoire générale des Insectes de Surinam et de toute l'Europe. Paris 1771 Estimate € 60,000
J. O. Lewis. The Aboriginal Port Folio; or … the most celebrated chiefs of the North American Indians. Philadelphia 1835-38. Complete set with 80 plates. Est. € 70,000
Horae B. M. V. Book of Hours on vellum. France, 2nd half of the 15th century - With 58 miniatures. Est. € 30,000
Horae B. M. V. Book of Hours on vellum. Northern France, 2nd half of the 15th century - With 14 miniatures. Estimate € 20,000
Next Auction Sales:   October 31 – November 02, 2023 Catalogues online now


Latin Book of Hours. Manuscript on vellum. Northern France or Flanders, second half of the 15th century. With 17 large and 16 smaller miniatures painted in colours and gold - Sold for € 30.000 hammer price
C. Ptolemaeus. Cosmographia. Woodcut maps in contemporary colouring of the edition Ulm 1486. Text of the edition Rome 1490. - The most famous atlas of the middle ages - Sold at € 190.000 hammer

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From our past spring auction 2023:
W. & J. Blaeu. Toonneel des Aerdriicx, ofte Nieuwe Atlas. 6 vols. Amsterdam 1635 – c. 1685. - Altogether 509 mainly double-page engraved maps with fine contemp. colouring by hand
Estimate: 70,000 €
Hammer: 160,000 €
J. P. Redouté. Les Roses. 3 volumes. Paris 1828-1829

Remarkable hammer prices from past auctions:

Sold at 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 spring sales 2022:
Book of Hours for the Use of Metz, 1320-1340
Estimate: 50,000€ - Hammer Price 100,000€

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for Auction Sales of Fall 2024 are always welcome

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.
Sold at Spring Sales 2022:
S. Freud. Die Traumdeutung. Leipzig & Vienna 1900
Preserving Or.-Printed Wrappers
Estimate: 15,000€ - Hammer Price 18,000€

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.

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Catalogues of the Spring Auctions 2024 now Online

The catalogues of REISS & SOHN’s spring auctions from 23-25 April 2024 are now available online with over 2000 lots. Once again this season, a wide range of rare, valuable and beautiful manuscripts, books, prints and travel photographs will be on offer.

Particularly noteworthy are three lavishly illuminated Latin and French books of hours for the use of Rome (estimates €20,000-30,000), each one unique, as well as the first complete edition of J. W. Weinmann’s “Phytanthoza-Iconographia” in 5 volumes. This is one of the most beautiful and comprehensive plant works of the Baroque period, here in splendid colouring (estimate €70,000).

Also on offer is J. O. Lewis’s “The Aboriginal Port Folio”, an extremely rare and earliest illustrated work with portraits of North American Indians (estimate €70,000); as well as a rare and decorative world map in double heart-shaped projection from the Salamanca-Lafreri Offizin from 1602 (estimate €35,000). In addition to this small selection, there are of course countless other treasures in a wide variety of chapters and price segments – browse for yourself!

Conclusion of Auctions 217 – 218

The autumn auctions of the auction house Reiss & Sohn in Königstein came to an extremely successful end on the third day. There were also some rarities in the field of maps and sea charts, for example a copper engraved map of North America by C. de Jode from 1593 (proceeds 17,850 euros including buyer’s premium), as well as a set of 5 copper maps with a world map and the four continents by A. Ortelius for 10,710 euros (including buyer’s premium).

C. de Jode, Americae pars borealis. 1593 – Detail

A rare large-format wall map of Pomerania, not published in atlases, by A. C. Seutter convinced several live online bidders with its excellent colouring and decorative staffage and was knocked down after several bidding steps for 3094 euros (incl. buyer’s premium).

Second Auction Day again with Top Results

Königstein (Taunus), Germany, November 2023

The second auction day of the large autumn auctions was also concluded with great success. The highlight of catalogue 218, a collection of important atlases comprising about 100 lots, was called yesterday at noon and attracted international audiences to bid in the hall, on the telephone and live on the screens. Particularly noteworthy in this area were the sales of the 12-volume edition of J. Blaeu’s “Le grand atlas”. The magnificently coloured and gold-heighteneded copy with over 580 engraved maps and plates fetched a proud 202,300 euros (incl. buyer’s premium).

J. Blaeu. Le grand atlas, ou cosmographie Blaviane. 12 vols. Amsterdam 1663

A rare later Dutch edition of the “Atlas novus” by J. Janssonius fetched 89.250 Euro (incl. premium) and the magnificent Dutch sea atlas by P. Goos “Atlas de la Mer, ou Monde Aquatique” was sold for 65.450 Euro (incl. premium). Equally sought after was the rare and also unique compilation of French nautical charts in the 12-volume “Dépôt Général de la Marine” (proceeds incl. premium 59.500 Euro).  But not only the atlases achieved top prices, the other departments already called also look back on very good results, some in the five-figure range, including the first edition of A. N. Vaillant’s “Voyage autour du monde” in a decorative copy for 47,600 euros (incl. premium), C. P. Claret de Fleurieu’s “Voyage autour du monde” in a rare copy of the luxury variant in 4to format brought 29.750 Euro (incl. buyer’s premium) and a copy of J. de Acosta’s “America, oder wie mans zu Teutsch nennet die Neuwe Welt” with an extremely rare map of the Pacific was knocked down to a new owner for 23.800 Euro (incl. buyer’s premium).

C. P. Claret de Fleurieu. Voyage autour du monde

Reiss & Sohn is looking forward to many more exciting bidding battles on today’s last auction day. The results and post-sale lists will be published promptly on our website for interested customers.

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