WELCOME – Book Auctions Fall 2020

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.

Town Book. – Wit, F. de. Theatrum ichnographicum omnium urbium et praecipuorum oppidorum Belgicarum, XVII Provinciarum (&) Theatrum praecipuarum totius Europae urbium. 2 vols. Amsterdam, F. de Wit, ca. 1698 resp. after 1695

Estimate 45.000 €

F. R. de Tussac. Flore des Antilles, ou Histoire générale botanique, rurale et économique des végétaux indigènes de ces iles, et des exotiques qu’on est parvenu à y naturaliser. 4 vols. Paris,  1808-1827(-28).

Estimate 40.000 €

As some Corona regulations are still effective, we currently ask you to visit us by prior appointment only. We are happy to receive auction offers for spring sales 2021. Please direct all inquiries in written form or give us a call.

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Optics – the Birth of Photography and Motion Pictures

An important offer of books and prints on the history of optics as well as the practical application is coming to auction at Reiss & Sohn in the sales from october 27th-29th 2020 in Königstein near Frankfurt/Main. The offering includes rare works from the 16th till 19th century including precursors and early works about photography and cinematography. The outstanding offer comprises mostly first editions of works by Alhazen, Daguerre, Lumière, Witelo and many more. At the same time Reiss & Sohn is holding their large fall sales of rare books, manuscripts, atlases and maps. Consignments are welcome anytime.

Latest News: Successful Spring Auctions in Time of Corona

A three day auction marathon ended last Thursday, May 7th in Koenigstein at Reiss & Sohn. Strong bidding generated by written orders, telephones and last but not least by countless online live bids made the book auctions at Reiss & Sohn a successful sale event in difficult times. Almost 90% of total estimates could be realized in turnover. Some price highlights include a German edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle (Nuremberg 1493) , selling at 60,000 € hammer (est. 50,000 €), the same work in Latin version from the same year for 42.000 € (30,000 €), a coloured version of Abraham Ortelius’ “Theatrum orbis terrarum” printed in 1594 at 46,000 € (est. 40,000 €) and 30,000 € for the non-euclidean “opus magnum” , the “Tentamen”, published in 1832 by Farkas and Janos Bolyai (15,000 €). In total 3.000 rare and valuable books, manuscripts and maps were on offer. So far 70% of auction lots found new homes, post sale is online until May 22nd. Reiss & Sohn is happy to receive consignment offers for the fall sales in 2020.