An important collection on the subject of death and the dance of death with books, manuscripts and drawings will go under the hammer at Reiss & Sohn in Königstein at the beginning of May 2023. Among the almost 80 lots are the first printing of the famous woodcut series of the Basle Dance of Death by Hans Holbein, published in Lyon in 1538 (estimate 12,000 euros), a book of hours manuscript from 1475 with a miniature depicting a skeleton man with 3 arrows sitting on a sarcophagus (estimate 8. 000 euros), to Alfred Döblin’s “Stiftfräulein und der Tod” with the congenial woodcuts by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, his first book illustration work, published in Berlin in 1913 (estimate 2,500 euros). Together with selected works starting at an estimated price of 10,000 euros, this remarkable collection is offered in a special catalogue.
Expensive Toys – Successful October sales 2022
Reiss & Sohn concluded its book, travel and geography auctions in October 2022 with remarkable results. The highest hammer price this time was a Ptolemaic world map in a Roman edition from 1507. With a call of € 12,000, finally € 130,900 was achieved after a lively bidding battle (all hammer prices including 19% surcharge rounded). In second place was the famous Nuremberg Chronicle by Hartmann Schedel from 1493 in a coloured copy (€ 107,100; call € 90,000). A Bible manuscript, a so-called “pocket Bible” from the 13th century with rich illumination fetched € 77,350 (call € 45,000) and a splendid Book of Hours made in Flanders around 1500 also increased to € 77,350 (call € 40,000). The magnificent toy sample book by the Fendler company in Nuremberg rose from € 18,000 to € 40,460. An early cookery book rose from € 8,000 to € 45,220: the famous “Kuchenmaistry” from the year 1500, a work that provided gastronomic accompaniment to the High Middle Ages, was knocked down at € 8,000 for € 45,220 after a lively bidding battle between the auction room, telephone and online bidders. One of the highest increases was again experienced by a map: the contemporary coloured version of the copper engraving map of the world by Gerard de Jode, estimated at € 10,000, which was quite in line with the market, experienced a new auction record with proceeds of € 76,160. Reiss & Sohn just finished an extremely successful auction year 2022 and welcomes consignment offers for the spring sales 2023 (consignment deadline: mid February, valuable items also later)
Auction – The most famous early cookbook
With the Küchenmeisterei, this time a very special gastronomic rarity can be found in the offer of the upcoming autumn auctions from 25-27 October 2022. The first German cookery book addressed to the kitchen masters of noble lords and princely courts and covering all areas of gastronomy, here in an extremely rare edition from 1500. Only 1 incomplete copy in the Gesamtkatalog der Wiegendrucke!
AUTUMN SALES 2022 – CATALOGUES ONLINE NOW
With almost 1900 lots, REISS & SOHN’s autumn auctions 2022 offer a wide-ranging cultural-historical panorama with rare, valuable and beautiful manuscripts, books and prints. The catalogues of the autumn auctions from 25-27 October are now available online providing more than 7000 images.
Particularly noteworthy are a 13th century Bible manuscript (estimate 50,000 €), four magnificent books of hours from the 14th-16th centuries (estimates 20,000-50,000 €), a 13th century Latin Psalter (40,000 €), a coloured copy of Schedel’s Liber chronicarum (120,000 €), interesting autographs of renowned natural scientists, important literary works of the Baroque and Classical periods, the fan-shaped world map by Johannes Ruysch (20,000 €), a heart-shaped world map by Gerard de Jode (10,000 €) and many other precious items. From now on you can browse, search specifically with the full text search and place your bids with your user account. We hope you enjoy discovering it.
Marx and Engels “Communist Manifesto” sold at record price
At the spring auction 2022 Reiss & Sohn sold he first printing of the “Communist Manifesto” by Marx and Engels for a stunning amount of 360.000 Euro (incl. rounded buyer’s premium).
A 13th century illuminated bible manuscript from France with an interesting provenance fetched 142.800,- Euro (incl. buyer’s premium). Worth mentioning was a knockdown for an illuminated Latin and French book of hours, probably from the surroundings of Metz, made ca. 1320-1340, for 119.000 Euro (incl. buyer’s premium).
Leibniz’s earliest work on combinatorics, the “Dissertatio de arte combinatoria” (EA.) achieved around 53.600 euros (incl. buyer’s premium, estimate 10.000 euros).
Catalogues Spring 2022 now Online
Book auction house Reiss & Sohn went online with most recent auction offer of over 2200 lots of manuscripts, rare books and maps, Ranging from the 13th up to the 20th centuries including various books of hours, a 13th century bible, a fine selection of illustrated incunabula, ca. 200 works from the 16th as well as a fine collection of 20th literature and illustrated books.
German Auction Record 2021 for a printed Book
The anniversary year 2021 proved successful for the Königstein/Taunus based book auction house Reiss & Sohn. Since the foundation in 1971 the firm hold over 200 prestigious auction sales devoted to antiquarian books. After the spring season 2021 already saw with 260.000 Euros a record price for Copernicus’ “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium” , the fall sale outscored by far this stunning figure with a result of 1 Million Euros for the “Rudimentum novitiorum” printed in 1475. This result equally marks the most expensive auction price for a printed book in 2021 at a German auction sale. Besides the 2021 Reiss & Sohn book offer was impressively laid out in 7 richly illustrated catalogues. The auctions saw amongst others over 1.000 lots selling in the four- to seven figure price range, making again the city of Königstein to one of “the places to be” for book lovers and bibliophiles also in the coming year 2022. Reiss & Sohn is looking forward to auction consignments for the spring season.
1 Million for “Rudimentum Novitiorum”
The second part of the jubilee book auctions under the motto “1971-2021, 50 years of REISS & SOHN auctions” closed successfully on October 29th. The most expensive piece of the auction, the important universal chronicle “Rudimentum novitiorum”, from the year 1475 in an illuminated copy, reached a total of 1.000.000 € (all prices incl. buyer’s premium). The masterpiece of geometrical book illustration by Lorenz Stöer, his “Geometria et Perspectiva”, printed in Augsburg in 1567 went for 65.450,- € to a private collector. Thus only the 40 items in the special catalogue, of which 32 were sold, realised over 1.5 Mio €.
This important auction event was followed by the sale of 3000 lots in a 4 day sale marathon with numerous further hightlights. The results for the three editions of the Biblia graeca-latina by Erasmus of Rotterdam were a pleasant surprise.Continue reading “1 Million for “Rudimentum Novitiorum””
Autumn Sale Catalogues 2021 online
The catalogues of the autumn book auctions in the Reiss & Sohn jubilee year are now online. The auction house, which was founded in 1971 in the Gutenberg city of Mainz, offers around 3,000 rare books, manuscripts, atlases and maps as well as graphic art and photography. Collectors can look forward to many scientific highlights such as the first printing of Galileo Galilei’s famous “Dialogo” from 1632 (estimated price 100,000 Euros). The most expensive and certainly most spectacular piece is the important universal chronicle “Rudimentum novitiorum”, from 1475 in an illuminated copy (1,2 million Euros estimate). Another very rare work offered is Lorenz Stöer’s “Geometria et Perspectiva”, a most beautiful masterpiece of book illustration, printed in Augsburg in 1567 (50,000 Euros estimate). In addition to the otherwise rich offerings some special collections on national economics, on philosophy and on the Reformation, as well as a remarkable series of 60 atlases are forming focal points of the auction event, which runs over 4 days.
Successful Book Auctions – To Be Continued
Reiss & Sohn, the Königstein/Taunus based book auction house finished an extremely successful spring season. Three anniversary auctions presented in 3 catalogues met with world wide interest. Highest result of the sale was achieved for 2nd edition of Nicolaus Copernicus’ “De revolutionibus orbium coelestium”, Nürnberg 1566. The work marks a turning point towards modern science. After starting at € 130,000 a fierce bidding contest ended with a result of € 261,800. An auction review of the entire sale can be found here. Reiss & Sohn is now ready to accept consignments for the anniversary sales in October 2021.
Anniversary Catalogues online
The auction catalogues for the spring sales 2021 are now online. More then 3100 rare books, manuscripts and maps from the middle-age until modern times at estimate prices between 150 € till 150,000 € are on display. Please login for submitting written bids directly from the webcatalogue or register for online live-bidding (cost-free) via our website. Please inquire about various news means for viewing from home. Reiss & Sohn is wishing you a happy stay online with us.
50 YEARS REISS & SOHN
After a successful auction season 2020 Reiss & Sohn is now looking forward to an exciting new year 2021 which marks the 50th anniversary of the firm as book auction house. Founded in 1971 in the Gutenberg-City of Mayence Reiss & Sohn has since hosted over 200 auctions and is now placed among the leading book auction houses in the world. In the now starting anniversary year Reiss & Sohn is preparing the book auctions for spring season. Consignment offers are welcome as of now.
“lots of things to read” – Book Auctions at Reiss & Sohn
Around 2800 items of rare books, manuscripts and maps form this year’s autumn offer of the book auctions at Reiss & Sohn in Königstein from 27th to 30th October 2020. Two voluminous print catalogues will soon be sent out and the web version of the catalogue is now online and contains around 10,000 photos of the offered objects in addition to the print version. The ranking of estimate prices is led by an extraordinary copy of “Ichtyologie – Histoire naturelle des Poissons” from 1785-97, by Marcus Elieser Bloch dealing with the natural history of fish, for an estimated 70,000 €. Georg Bartisch von Königsbrück founded ophthalmology with his “Ophthalmodouleia (graece). Das ist Augendienst “, from 1583, offered here in a contemporary coloured copy (30,000 €). A remarkable sammelband comprising more than 600 partly coloured copper engraved views from Augsburg’s production of the 18th century, including one of the most extensive ever offered collections of the works from the publishers Kilian and Leopod (after Werner) (30,000 €).
Optics – the Birth of Photography and Motion Pictures
An important offer of books and prints on the history of optics as well as the practical application is coming to auction at Reiss & Sohn in the sales from october 27th-29th 2020 in Königstein near Frankfurt/Main. The offering includes rare works from the 16th till 19th century including precursors and early works about photography and cinematography. The outstanding offer comprises mostly first editions of works by Alhazen, Daguerre, Lumière, Witelo and many more. At the same time Reiss & Sohn is holding their large fall sales of rare books, manuscripts, atlases and maps. Consignments are welcome anytime.
Latest News: Successful Spring Auctions in Time of Corona
A three day auction marathon ended last Thursday, May 7th in Koenigstein at Reiss & Sohn. Strong bidding generated by written orders, telephones and last but not least by countless online live bids made the book auctions at Reiss & Sohn a successful sale event in difficult times. Almost 90% of total estimates could be realized in turnover. Some price highlights include a German edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle (Nuremberg 1493) , selling at 60,000 € hammer (est. 50,000 €), the same work in Latin version from the same year for 42.000 € (30,000 €), a coloured version of Abraham Ortelius’ “Theatrum orbis terrarum” printed in 1594 at 46,000 € (est. 40,000 €) and 30,000 € for the non-euclidean “opus magnum” , the “Tentamen”, published in 1832 by Farkas and Janos Bolyai (15,000 €). In total 3.000 rare and valuable books, manuscripts and maps were on offer. So far 70% of auction lots found new homes, post sale is online until May 22nd. Reiss & Sohn is happy to receive consignment offers for the fall sales in 2020.
Auction 198-199 – Submit your bids or request for live bidding participation
For spring auctions 198-199, may 5th-7th, written bids and applications for live bidding are still welcome. Written bids can be submitted directly from our webcatalogue. We look forward to your participation.
Notification regarding postponed auction date spring sale 198-199 at Reiss & Sohn
April 29th. – On the first day of our yesterdayy’s starting spring auction our live bidding system became target of the so-called DDoS phenomenon (distributed denial of services). Our server was flodded with millions of superfluous requests and fake requests which caused an overload of our sever and prevent legimite live bidding requests and other legitimate requests to be full-filled. This attack was directed only to the live bidding system, client data were not endangered.
Currently we assume not having been victim of a targeted attack, but just affected by a regionally occurring and temporarily phenomenon. Our existing protective system will be upgraded.
The auction sale 198-199 is postponed to may 5-7 2020 and will be executed with the same schedule originally set. All existing written bids and all registrations for live bidding as well as all arrangements for telephone bidding will remain as agreed. All customers and consignors have been informed. We are grateful to all customers who reacted with great understanding for the situation and who were in full agreement with the measurements we had undertaken.
We are happy and able to receive further bids and registrations for the auction.
Auction Sale 198-199 – New Date
The new date of the sale 198-199 is may 5th-7th 2020. Reiss & Sohn is happy to receive further written absentee bids. Registration for live online bidding will soon be available again.
Rare Book Treasures – Auction Sale Starting April 28
Sebastian Muenster – A Bestseller in Luther’s Time
A fine collection of early editions of works by Sebastian Muenster is coming up for auction at Reiss & Sohn from april 28.-30th 2020. It includes amongst others some of his eminent founding works in Hebrew studies, as well as 4 different editions of the famous ‚Cosmographia‘. – Besides this little spotlight the Reiss & Sohn sale features a wide array of 3000 bibliophile rarites, manuscripts, travel books, atlases and maps.
Spring auction catalogues 198-199 are online now !
A classical book offer: medieval books of hours, incunabula and early printing, science and mathematics, rare travel books, atlases and maps and many other desirable antiquarian items will be called for auction at the book auction house Reiss & Sohn in Koenigstein from April 28-30th 2020. A total of 3000 lots is on display, richly illustrated in the web catalogue. Have fun with browsing our catalogues !
Invaluable: Nuremberg Chronicle at Auction
One of the most celebrated collector’s items for book-lovers, the famous so-called “Nuremberg Chronicle” is on offer in the book auctions in spring 2020 at Reiss & Sohn. The work is named after it’s author the Nuremberg humanist Hartmann Schedel and was published in a Latin and a German edition in 1493. It is illustrated with almost 2000 woodcuts which are presumed to be produced with the collaboration of the young Albrecht Durer. The woodcuts depict amongst others some of the first realistic town views. The text is a rich source to contemporary history and knowledge mixed with some curious information as for instance an account of the discovery of America prior Christopher Columbus by the Nuremberg inventor Martin Behaim. The auctionhouse Reiss & Sohn is now accepting consignments for their upcoming spring auctions. Vendors are invited to get in touch with Reiss & Sohn. Cosignment offers are welcome.
1459 Durandus fetched € 413,000
On October 31st the book auction house Reiss & Sohn in Königstein/Taunus finished the annual fall sales with great success including some spectacular prices. The range of printed books on offer went from a publication date in the 15th century till early 20th century. 2700 lots were on offer. Highest result was achieved for the first edition of William Durand’s (Duranti) “Rationale divinorum”, printed in 1459 in Mainz. The total sale price after commencing with 250.000 calling price ended after fierce bidding at the amount of € 413.000 (including 18% buyer’s premium). A coloured copy of the famous Nuremberg chronicle sold for € 224,000 (Est. 100,000). A coloured copy of the first edition of the herbal by Leonhard Fuchs, published under the title “De historia Stirpium” in 1542 reached a total of € 106,200. Most important map wasa coloured copy of a rare state of the famous “Leo Belgicus”-Map, which found it’s new home at a total of € 64,900. The next auctions will take place in April 28th-30th 2020. Reiss & Sohn is looking forward to receiving consignment offers.
Fall Auctions 2019 Now Online
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
Prepare for Summit Push with Reiss & Sohn ! – Invitation to consign
The specialised book auction-house Reiss & Sohn will hold 3 day auctions in October 2019 and invites for consignments. The series of 3 sales will feature amongst others a fine coloured copy of the first edition of Leonard Fuchs’ famous herbal, a fine coloured copy of Koberger’s German bible of 1483 as well as a number of important incunabula, books of hours and coloured atlases. Also on offer is an interesting collection of early photography from the 1850ies till 1870ies. Fine and rare books and maps can still be consigned to this sale upon request. Please visit our page for up-dates.
Your Rare Book Treasures – Consign now !
The auction house Reiss & Sohn in Königstein/Taunus announces the forthcoming auction sales for October 29th-31st 2019 and herewith invites to consign. Catalogues will be released on the special subjects “Rare Books and Manuscripts” and “Geography, Travel, Atlases, Maps and Photography” to which may be added extra catalogues on special topics. Reiss & Sohn’s catalogues always include a particularly large selection of attractive and high quality rare objects. Thus your auction consignment will always be surrounded by other attractive items which create an exceptional selling atmosphere. Kindly get in touch with us, if you wish to take this great oportunity to sell your books or maps.
Observing Stars and Comets – Review Spring Auctions 2019
With a stunning 85% sales in total-estimate value the auction house Reiss & Sohn is looking back at a successful spring auction season. 3000 fine and valuable books and maps came for sale, most of them found a new home. The first and only edition of Johann Hevelius’ “Cometographia” sold for 35.000 €. Three different editions of the classic world atlas by Abraham Ortelius sold at hammer prices between 20.000 and 35.000 €. Amongst the 200 lots of Lafreri-maps an inconspicuously small view of Boulogne-sur-mer became large in price by being raised with some keen bidding from 500 € to 7.000 €. The Cimerlino-Finé world map fetched 34.000 €. – Since 1971 Reiss & Sohn is your specialized book auction house. We look forward to your consignment offers for our autumn sales.
SPRING AUCTIONS 2019 NOW ONLINE
The catalogues of Reiss & Sohn’s spring auctions taking place from May 6th to 8th, 2019 are now available online. About 3000 lots of rare and valuable books, autographs, manuscripts, early travel photographs, maps, views and decorative prints are beeing offered.
Several consignments from private collections contribute to the attractiveness, including rare Italian books from the 16th century, a collection of books on architecture, a private library of books on Greece, mostly illustrated, as well as rare maps by early Italian cartographers from the Lafreri School. In addition, there is a series of rare handwritten ‘newspapers’ from the 16th century about various subjects.
The section on geography encloses a large number of works on Pacific exploration, especially on the journeys of James Cook and his contemporaries, as well as important world maps.
Added value with Marx: 60.000,- € hammer for “The capital”
This year’s fall auctions at auction house Reiss & Sohn yielded sensational top prices. Thomas Malthus’ Essay on the principle of population from 1798 together with the Hortus Eystettensis by Basilius Besler ranked first with a hammer price of 80,000 euro each.
The second place with 65,000 Euros went to a Continue reading “Added value with Marx: 60.000,- € hammer for “The capital””
Fall Auctions 2018 – Catalogues Now Online
The new auction catalogues for auctioneers Reiss & Sohn’s Fall Sales, which will take place October 30th to November 1st, 2018, are now online. About 3300 rare and valuable books, autographs, manuscripts, early travel photographies, maps, views, and prints are offered for sale.
At the focus of the auctions will be a significant collection of about 400 works of economic theory from the 16th to the 20th century, including first editions of works by Cantillon, Hobbes, Keynes, Locke, Malthus, Marx, Owen, Ricardo, Schumpeter, Smith, Walras etc.
Browse the web catalogue. Reiss & Sohn is looking forward to to your inquiries
Printed catalogues are available on request (charges apply).
Rare Map of Southeast Asia at Auction soon
An extremely desirable cartographic item will be at auction in Königstein/Taunus at Reiss & Sohn. The map shows the southern Pacific Islands between part of the coasts of Australia (“Beach”) and Sumatra, the Philippines with the adjoining Asian coasts, New Guinea and extending eastwards Continue reading “Rare Map of Southeast Asia at Auction soon”
The First European Gardening Book
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 book of gardening literature in Europe 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.
200 Years Karl Marx
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.
Spring Auctions 2018 Catalogues online
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. Browse the newly designed website. Reiss & Sohn is looking forward to to your inquiries. Online catalogue.
Parrots, Parrots, Parrots
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 – Sorrows of Werther
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 Continue reading “Milestones of German Literature – Sorrows of Werther”
Malta and Valletta – A private collection
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”
Review 2017 Preview 2018
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”
Post Sale is online
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.
Preview of the Fall Auction 2017
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”
Reiss & Sohn Auction Catalogues for Spring Sales in May 2017 Are Now Online
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”
Special Catalogue Otto von Bismarck 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”
First Edition of Luther’s 95 Theses and an Important Medieval Manuscript from Bruges
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”
Special Auction: From the Estate of Otto von Bismarck
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”
Fall Auction Catalogues Soon Online
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’.
How Duerer Saw the World
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”
Historic Maps of Sardinia
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”
First ILAB Pop UP Book Fair in Koenigstein, Taunus
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”
Splendid Botanical Books from a German Private Collection
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 Private Collections under the Hammer
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”
James Cook at Reiss & Sohn
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”
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Early Photographs and Prints
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”
Highest Result in Turnover in the History of the Firm
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.
A Company History in Pictures
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.
40 Years of Reiss Auctions
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”
Reiss & Sohn at the Frankfurt Antiquarian Book Fair
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”
New Tool added to Reiss & Sohn Online Catalogue
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”
Under the Hammer: Library on Pietism
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”
Record Price for Early Map of the World
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”
Special Auction Sales held by Reiss & Sohn
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”
The First Account of Captain Cook’s Death Sold for Almost $ 170,000
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”
Another New Tool added to Reiss & Sohn Online Catalogue
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”
New Functionality Added to 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”
3rd Frankfurt Antiquarian Book Fair
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”
A National Treasure is saved! – The Sale of the Royal Garden Library is concluded
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”
Waldseemüller Map presented to the Library of Congress
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”
“Birds of Australia” sold for € 255,000 – Highlight of an auction sale in Germany
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”