Walahfrid Strabo (808-849), Abbot of the Abbey of Reichenau at the Lake of Constance, wrote a famous didactic poem, which became the founding work of medieval monastic horticulture. The so called “Hortulus” is the first printed text of gardening literature and one of the most important botanical books. A copy of the first illustrated edition printed in Nuremberg in 1512 now features in the fall auctions of Reiss & Sohn in Königstein/Taunus. Full catalogues with many more rare items will be published shortly.
2018 is the year of Karl Marx’ 200th birthday. At this occasion Reiss & Sohn is offering the first edition of Marx’ magnum opus. “Under the guise of a critical analysis of capital, Karl Marx’s work is principally a polemic against capitalists and the capitalist mode of production, and it is this polemical tone which is its chief charm” (PMM). This work is one of the most important books in political economy. It will be offered in the fall auctions. Klick to auction preview.
M. Martini. Atlas Novus Sinensis. 1655 Estimate 15.000 €
Great antiquarian items have come online. Check Reiss & Sohn recent auction catalogues with almost 3000 lots of rare books (including some fine incunabula, rare botanical and zoological works, treasures of German literature and Philosophy, a stunning collection of books and maps on Malta, almost 100 atlases) to be followed by almost 1000 lots of rare maps from all parts of the worlds. Navigate the newly designed website. Reiss & Sohn is looking forward to to your inquiries. Online catalogue.
Francois Levaillant. Histoire naturelle des perroquets. 2 volumes. Paris, Levrault frères bzw. Levrault 1801-05. Imperial Folio. (56,5:43 cm). With 145 magnificent colour printed plates touched up by Langlois after Jacques Barrabend. – One of the greatest books on parrots ever published. Coming up at auction on May 15th 2018 at Reiss & Sohn in Königstein.
Milestones of German Literature on offer in the May auctions 2018 of Reiss & Sohn. The first printing of “The Sorrows of Young Werther” (Leipzig 1774) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is only one example of the very many literary rarities from baroque period till modern times which will be offered within a single owner sale catalogue in the forthcoming auction season of the Königstein (near Frankfurt/Main) based auction house, which Godebert Reiss founded in 1971 in the city of Mayence.
In 2018 the mediterranean island of Malta comes into focus of European cultural politics. The old capital Valletta, famous for its picturesque medieval old town and its harbour enclosed by the impressive walls of the ancient fortress, was elected as European cultural capital 2018. Continue reading “Malta and Valletta – A private collection”
Reiss & Sohn is looking back at a very successful auction season 2017. The total turnover of the specialized book auctioneer was raised by 40% against 2016. With a hammer price of 1,1 Mio. Euro for the first edition of Martin Luther’s “95 Thesen”, which started the protestant reformation in 1517, a German auction record was achieved for a printed book since 1945. Continue reading “Review 2017 Preview 2018”
Until December 1, 2017 you may purchase unsold lots from the preceding auctions at a fixed bid price (premium and VAT to be added). Using the Post Sale menue offers the opportunity to create a list of bookmarks and submit post sale bids after simple registration.
Landmarks in the History of Natural Sience
The section devoted to natural history features many astronomical works from Sacrobosco to Newton, from a private collection, largely assembled in the 1970ies. Undoubtedly outstanding are the 6 works by Galilei and 9 works by Kepler, first of all Keplers “Harmonices mundi libri V” (first edition, Linz 1619) with his breakthrough discovery Continue reading “Preview of the Fall Auction 2017”
The new auction catalogues for auctioneers Reiss & Sohn’s Spring Sales, which will take place May 16th-18th, 2017, are now online. More than 3000 rare and valuable books, autographs, manuscripts, Continue reading “Reiss & Sohn Auction Catalogues for Spring Sales in May 2017 Are Now Online”