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Next Auction Sales:   October 31 – November 02, 2023 Catalogues online now

From our upcoming Autumn Sale
including a Fine Collection of Economic Literature:

R. Owen, A new view of Society. London 1813. - First edition. Wide margined copy in contemporary darkblue straight-grained morocco, gilt.
From our upcoming sale in fall 2023
Janssonius, J. Nieuwen Atlas, ofte Werelt-Beschrijvinge. 6 in 7 vols. Amsterdam 1657 f.
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

Your consignment offers
for Auction Sales of Spring 2024 are always welcome

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€

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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The Catalogues of the Autumn Auctions 2023 now online available

Bids can now be placed on over 2000 lots of rare books, manuscripts and prints via this website.

Collectors of rare atlases can choose from almost 100 lots, including the most expensive lot of the auction, the Cosmographia of Ptolemy dated 1486 with an estimate of 280,000 Euros. Remarkable are another 19 very exquisite atlases with 5-digit estimates. Early economic literature from an important private collection forms another outstanding section of the autumn auctions.

The forgotten manuscript of the navigator and explorer Charles-Gaëtan Noury, which represents the first zoology of Polynesia with more than 450 watercolours and drawings, is unique and has an estimated price of 90,000 Euros.

Collectors and archives can choose from a total offer of over 170 lots to add rare and sought-after travelogues to their holdings, including over 30 lots in a separate chapter on the Americas.

A rich offer of rare maps can also be found at Reiss & Sohn this time. Among the absolute rarest is Antonio Lafreri’s world map of 1565 in double-heart projection (estimated price € 50,000).

The offer can also be studied on request in two richly illustrated printed catalogues

Strong Spring Auctions In Königstein

Königstein/Taunus, May 2023 – Reiss & Sohn opened its spring auctions on 3 May with numerous top results. On the evening of 6 May, around 1,600 lots had found a new owner. The most expensive lot of the auction with a hammer price of € 160,000 (estimate € 70,000) was the six-volume atlas in the geography section in the Dutch edition by the Amsterdam publisher Willem and Johann Blaeu. The magnificent copy, with 100 additional bound maps, was published under the title “Toonneel des Aerdriicx, 1635-1662.”

Right at the beginning of the auction, 99 selected books, manuscripts and incunabula, including an important collection on the theme of death and the dance of death, united in a richly illustrated special catalogue, went under the hammer. Only 13 objects did not find a buyer. The total proceeds amounted to 116% of the total estimated price of the special catalogue.
Particularly noteworthy is the result of € 90,000 (hammer price) for the most magnificent of all floral works, Basilius Besler’s “Hortus Eystettensis” (Eichstätt, ca 1750).
A small surprise was the record bid of € 90,000 (hammer price, estimate € 10,000) for P. L. Moreau de Maupertuis’ “Rélation du Voyage de Laponie” (after 1736). A French manuscript of the original account of Maupertuis’ memorable voyage to Lapland (1736-1737), printed only in abridged form, with corrections in his own hand.

For the atlas by de Wit “Atlas (Maior)”, printed with the sea atlas, published in Amsterdam after 1688, the hammer fell at € 75.000 (€ 40.000). A rare map of Africa printed in several sheets by the Venetian engraver Gastaldi from 1564 fetched the pre-auction estimate € 45.000.

Book Auctions Spring 2023 Catalogues Online

Königstein (Taunus), April 2023. – The spring auctions at Reiss & Sohn will offer a high-quality selection of manuscripts, books and prints in 3 catalogues with a total of more than 2000 lots. The auctions will open with a special catalogue containing 26 selected manuscripts and books from the 15th to the 20th century starting at an estimated price of 10,000 euros. In addition, the special catalogue offers an important collection on the theme of Death and the Dance of Death in books, manuscripts and drawings.

B. Besler. Hortus Eystettensis. 4 parts in 2 vols. Eichstätt c. 1750. With 367 engr. plates – One of the greatest flower books ever produced

At the top of the range, with an estimate of 100,000 euros, is the most magnificent of all printed floral works: Basilius Besler’s “Hortus Eystettensis” depicting the plants of the botanical garden of Eichstätt on 367 beautiful engraved plates.

The famous Nuremberg publisher Anton Koberger is represented with two of his most important printed works. His Ninth German Bible of the incunabulum period, captivates the viewer with the splendour and liveliness of its more than 100 woodcut illustrations, its beautiful typography and print layout. The copy offered by Reiss & Sohn, splendidly hand-coloured at the time it was printed in 1483, is expected to fetch 70,000 Euros.

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