News

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.

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.

Sebastian Muenster – A Bestseller in Luther’s Time

From a collection of works by Sebastian Muenster

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

Nuremberg Chronicle (Detail)

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

(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

(more…)

Prepare for Summit Push with Reiss & Sohn ! – Invitation to consign

Special auction “Exploration and Mountaineering”

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. Go to preview

Biblia Germanica, 2 vols. Koberger 1483

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.

G. Mercator. Atlas … de fabrica mundi et fabricati figura. Amsterdam 1632

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.

Genoa. Scarce bird’s-eye view by M. Cartaro. Rome 1581

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).

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.  Click to auction preview.

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.

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”

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’.

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”

“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”

Login

As a registered user, you can place bids, save your profile and view your bid history.

Without customer account

Create new account

Your maximum bid:

One moment please...