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A. Ortelius. Theatrum orbis terrarum. Antwerp 1584 – With 105 (of 112) engr. maps with contemp. colouring by hand.

From our recent Auction Sales April 23.-26. 2024:


Album amicorum. Augsburg and Breslau 1755-1773. Hammer price € 26,000
G. Mercator. Atlas sive Cosmographicae meditationes. Amsterdam 1630. – with 164 engr. maps with contemp. colouring. Hammer price € 42,000
Composite atlas with 26 mostly old coloured engraved maps on 32 sheets, ca. 1750-1780. Hammer price € 5,000
Maria S. Merian. Histoire générale des Insectes de Surinam et de toute l'Europe. Paris 1771. Hammer price € 55,000
Horae B. M. V. Book of Hours on vellum. Northern France, 2nd half of the 15th century - With 14 miniatures. Hammer price € 21,000
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
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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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.

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

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


Successful auction launch on World Book Day

World Book Day, a holiday for all book lovers, has been celebrated on 23 April for almost 20 years. So it is more than fitting that this year’s spring auctions in Königstein began yesterday on this holiday. Reiss & Sohn was already able to record numerous fantastic results in the morning. Outstanding was the 180% increase in the estimate of a rare 16th century ceremonial book depicting and describing the ceremonies and festivities in Prague and Landshut on the occasion of the awarding of the Order of the Golden Fleece to Emperor Rudolf II, Archdukes Charles and Ernst and several other noblemen (lot 239, P. Zehendtner von Zehendtgrub, Ordenliche Beschreibung mit was stattlichen Ceremonien und Zierlichkeiten…). After a nerve-wracking bidding battle, a written bidder finally prevailed (hammer price 42,000 euros, estimate 15,000 euros).

Two splendidly illuminated Latin and French books of hours for the use of Rome found new owners for 32,000 euros hammer price (estimate 30,000 euros, lot 21) and 21,000 euros hammer price (estimate 20,000 euros, lot 20). A very rare and early manuscript leaf – from the time of Charlemagne, around 800 – in a beautiful, clear handwriting was heavily contested and was finally sold to a lucky bidder on the telephone for 30,000 euros (estimate 10,000 euros).

In the late afternoon, a magnificent and rare collection of natural history works compiled by the parisian publisher Desnos, including plates from some of the most important botanical and ornithological works of the 17th and 18th centuries by Maria Sibylla Merian, Daniel Rabel and J. Jonston, fetched the highest hammer price to date on the opening day at 55,000 euros.

The auctions will continue until tomorrow evening, with a rich selection of old printed works, atlases, maps, city views, etc. Visit us in the hall or take part in the live auction at https://www.reiss-sohn.de/en/live-auction/

Five days to go until the spring auction – Bid now!

Our 3-day spring auctions start on Tuesday, 23 April. If possible, take the opportunity today to bid in writing or to register for live bidding. Take the time to browse through our online catalogues, which are illustrated with numerous photos throughout, and come across some rarities or exciting unique items!

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!

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