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”
The new catalogue for auctioneers Reiss & Sohn’s Special Auction “From the Estate of Otto von Bismarck”, which will take place May 16th, 2017, is already online.
This extraordinary collection includes Continue reading “Special Catalogue Otto von Bismarck Now Online”
On the occasion of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation Reiss & Sohn is offering the first book edition of the 95 Theses of Martin Luther. This work marks the starting point of the Protestant Reformation. It caused Continue reading “First Edition of Luther’s 95 Theses and an Important Medieval Manuscript from Bruges”
In spring of 2017 German auctioneers Reiss & Sohn will offer about 200 lots from the estate of the first Chancellor of Germany, Otto von Bismarck. The collection was preserved until 1948 Continue reading “Special Auction: From the Estate of Otto von Bismarck”
The online catalogues for this year’s fall auctions of Koenigstein’s auctioneers Reiss & Sohn are now in preparation and will soon be online. The viewing hours and the auction schedule can already be found under ‘Auctions’ or ‘Preview’.
Highlight from the November 10th to 12th Reiss & Sohn sale:
A fine example of the Albrecht Duerer-Johannes Stabius world map, printed in the midst of the 18th century within Continue reading “How Duerer Saw the World”
Cartographic representations of Sardinia from Ptolemy to the 20th century: A comprehensive collection of more than 150 maps will be offered Continue reading “Historic Maps of Sardinia”
In the heart of the Rhein-Main area, close to Frankfurt/Main, Mainz and Wiesbaden in the thickly wooded slopes of the ‘Taunus’, where Goethe already strolled around, you will find Koenigstein, hometown of Reiss & Sohn – Germany’s important specialized auction house of rare and valuable books, manuscripts and maps. Continue reading “First ILAB Pop UP Book Fair in Koenigstein, Taunus”
More than 200 botanical books from a German private collection will be offered in this year’s Spring Auctions of Reiss & Sohn in Königstein im Taunus, Germany, which will be held on April 28th and 29th. Continue reading “Splendid Botanical Books from a German Private Collection”
Important books from various private collections will be auctioned in this year’s Fall Auctions of Reiss & Sohn in Königstein im Taunus, Germany, which will be held from November 11th to 13th. The auctioneers offer Continue reading “Important Private Collections under the Hammer”
In April 2009 the small booklet ‘Nachrichten von dem Leben und den Seereisen des berühmten Captain Cook’, published in 1780 in Reval (now Tallinn in Estonia) and Leipzig and considered to be the first account of James Cook’s death, realized Continue reading “James Cook at Reiss & Sohn”
The ancient city of Petra (Jordan), half-built, half-carved into the rock, has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1985. As early as 1864, the famous archaeological site was the destination of an expedition Continue reading “UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Early Photographs and Prints”
This year’s spring auctions at the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the auction house Reiss & Sohn achieved the highest result in turnover in the history of the firm.
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the auction house Reiss & Sohn, the company has compiled a selection of clippings from remarkable and odd press articles and customer letters. The short illustrated chronicle is to be seen at History in Pictures.
In spring of 2011, the auction house Reiss & Sohn will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the firm. It was in 1971 that Godebert M. Reiss began in Mainz with regular auctions of rare and valuable books as well as Continue reading “40 Years of Reiss Auctions”
From 6th to 10th of October 2010 the Frankfurt Antiquarian Book Fair will take place in the course of the Frankfurt Book Fair. This year, the Antiquarian Book Fair is located in a tent in the central square Continue reading “Reiss & Sohn at the Frankfurt Antiquarian Book Fair”
Now that every item of the auction sale is provided with a coloured picture, the auction house Reiss & Sohn has launched another new tool on its website. Continue reading “New Tool added to Reiss & Sohn Online Catalogue”
One of the most important private libraries on the history of Pietism, Anabaptists, Brethren, Enthusiasts and Mystics, will be auctioned end of April 2010. On April 27 and 28, German auctioneers Reiss & Sohn will offer Continue reading “Under the Hammer: Library on Pietism”
This year’s autumn sales at Reiss & Sohn in Königstein finished successfully last week. Over 70% of total estimates were sold. Highest price was achieved for a coloured copy of the French edition of Braun & Hogenberg’s town book ‘Civitates orbis terrarium’ (€ 230,000, excl. premium). Continue reading “Record Price for Early Map of the World”
In the course of this year’s fall auctions by Reiss & Sohn, Germany, which will take place from October 27th until 30th, the Königstein auctioneers will Continue reading “Special Auction Sales held by Reiss & Sohn”
This year’s spring sales by German auctioneers Reiss & Sohn, located in Koenigstein/Taunus, turned in some exceptional prices. Baron Nikolaus von Jacquin’s magnificent work ‘Plantarum rariorum Horti caesarei Schoenbrunnensis descriptiones et icones’, published 1797-1804, was sold for Euro 150.800 (approx. US $ 200.000) incl. buyer’s premium. Continue reading “The First Account of Captain Cook’s Death Sold for Almost $ 170,000”
In addition to the virtual ‘magnifier’ which was introduced in this year’s spring, the auction house Reiss & Sohn has launched another new tool on its website. Continue reading “Another New Tool added to Reiss & Sohn Online Catalogue”
Reiss & Sohn has launched a new tool on the auctioneer’s website. A ‘magnifier’ allows viewing details Continue reading “New Functionality Added to Online Catalogue”
From 10th to 14th of October 2007 the 3rd Frankfurt Antiquarian Book Fair will take place in the course of the Frankfurt Book Fair. From Wednesday until Sunday 95 exhibitors Continue reading “3rd Frankfurt Antiquarian Book Fair”
Finally the sale of the Royal Garden Library, formerly at Herrenhausen Castle, Hanover, is concluded. A consortium of the Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Library (Hanover), the Johann Christian Senckenberg Library (Frankfurt), and Continue reading “A National Treasure is saved! – The Sale of the Royal Garden Library is concluded”
Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel presented the 500 year old Waldseemüller Map to the Library of Congress during her visit. It stems from Continue reading “Waldseemüller Map presented to the Library of Congress”
A unique copy of John Gould’s “Birds of Australia”, printed 1840-1869 in London and containing two additional plates so far unknown to all bibliographers, has been sold for Euro 255,000 (approx. US $ 320,000) incl. buyer’s premium in an auction sale by Reiss & Sohn in Königstein, Germany. Continue reading ““Birds of Australia” sold for € 255,000 – Highlight of an auction sale in Germany”