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Preview of the Autumn Sales of Books, Maps and Prints at Reiss & Sohn, Königstein, Germany, October 30th - November 1st 2018

First Edition of Marx’ ‘Capital’, Fuchs’ Great Herbal in Exceptional Colouring and Handwritten Newsletters of the Battle of Lepanto

At this year’s autumn auctions about 3300 books, manuscripts, atlases, maps and views will be presented in three catalogues. Delectable fresh antiquarian material will be on offer, partly from decades-long gathered collections.

At the focus of the auctions will be a significant collection of about 400 books on economic theory and political economics from the 16th to the 20th century, featuring many first or rare editions, presented in its own special catalogue. Highlights include a complete copy of the first edition of Karl Marx’ ‘Capital’ (estimate 45.000,-€) and Thomas Malthus’ 1798 ‘Essay on the Principle of Population’ (90.000,-€). In addition many other important authors of this field can be found in the main catalogue of valuable books.

Within the selection of manuscripts will be a small collection so called ‘avvisi’, handwritten newsletters of the early modern period, giving detailed accounts on contemporary historical events as the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre or the Ottoman Wars and especially on the naval Battle of Lepanto (estimates between 400,- and 2.000,- €).

A fine array of about 200 illustrated zoological and botanical folios have been consigned to the auction, including one of the most beautiful herbals ever published, ‘De historia stirpium commentarii insignes’ by Leonhard Fuchs. The present copy is of utmost beauty because of its colouring, executed, signed and dated by the French Miniature painter Hubert Cailleau (ca. 1526-1590), who served as court painter to Queen Mary of Hungary. This lot presents the highest estimate of the autumn catalogues (400.000,-€). Another highlight offered is the ‘Hortus Eystettensis’ by Basilius Besler, the eminent record of the flowers and plants in a famous German garden at the beginning of the 17th century with hundreds of engraved full-page coloured plates (100.000,-€).

The section of maps and views offers an ample choice of about 1100 lots. A decorative world map of 1669 is disguised by the more popular name of the Dutch cartographer Blaeu while in fact following Geelkercken’s geographical image and Visscher’s staffage. This unusual Italian piracy edition ranks as a rarissimum in the range of world maps (estimate 18.000,-€). Scarce and richly decorated as well is a map of Jan van Doetecum after Petrus Plantius, printed in 1594, depicting the whole Indonesian archipelago (10.000,-€).

Giovanni Camocio’s rare isolario, printed between 1566 and 1574, will highlight the offer of atlases. This book of islands with engraved maps, plans and views mainly covers the Mediterranean and South-Eastern Europe, but also European islands such as England, Iceland and Ireland (estimate 30.000,-€). A Latin edition of Abraham Ortelius’ ‘Theatrum orbis terrarum’ in contemporary colouring, complete with ‘Parergon’ and ‘Nomenclator’, is likewise estimated at 30.000,-€.

Richly illustrated catalogues for all sales are available on request (fee). The complete catalogue with additional illustrations of each item and a full text search is available on our website