Fall Auctions 2019 Now Online

(Gautier d’Agoty, J. F.). Observations sur l’histoire naturelle.18 parts in 6 Vols. Paris 1752-1756.

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.