Source : Kraus

Source Title Americana Vetustissima, Catalogue 185
Description For half a century H.P. Kraus has been established at 16 East 46th Street, New York, in a five-story brownstone amid the skyscrapers of mid-town Manhattan. This small cultural oasis epitomizes the world of rare books whose inhabitants need, as well as scholarship and knowledge, the persistence and intuition of a good detective. In the words of the firm’s late founder, life in this field of rare books “involves research carrying one back through all of recorded history, across the world, and into just about every human activity.”

Some of the most magnificent achievements of Western civilization in the form of early manuscripts and printed books have passed through our hands. Treasures such as the Hours of Catherine of Cleves (Morgan Library), the Rothschild Apocalypse (Cloisters, MMA), the Giant Bible of Mainz (LC), the Gutenberg Bible and the Shakespeare Folios; libraries such as part of the enormous collection of Sir Thomas Phillipps, the princely library of Lichtenstein, and much of the ducal one of Arenberg. One rarity which eluded Hans Kraus all his life was finally acquired by the firm in 1991, and a copy of the 36-line Bible, much rarer than the Gutenberg Bible, is now in the W.H. Scheide library at Princeton.

As well as early manuscripts and incunabula, our stock includes European books on a variety of subjects from the sixteenth through the eighteenth centuries, early Americana, maps, and bibliography. We issue three or four catalogues yearly in different fields, and are always pleased to assist new collectors in those areas.
Scope of Text In an extraordinary tour-de-force the esteemed booksellers H. P. Kraus of New York City prepared an unusual catalogue of Americana to honor the five hundredth anniversary of Columbus arriving in the new world – Americana Vetustissima (Catalogue 185). To create this catalogue that they issued in 1991, they organized an absolutely extraordinary group of important pieces most of which date to within 50 years of Columbus’ discovery. Of course the first item is a Columbus Letter printed in Rome in the late spring of 1493. For those who love the earliest materials what follows is an absolute tour de force of absolutely impeccable examples. There’s a 1504 Vespucci Letter and a 1507 Waldseemuller, a 1521 Peter Martyr, a 1532 Cortes Letter and a 1553 Lopez de Gomara. To read this catalogue you could begin to think that such material is actually obtainable when in fact it is very rarely seen. For those who are momentarily transported back to a time when such material could be found, one is brought back to reality by the prices which reflect that these pieces, while rare in any condition, are themselves, in every case in this catalogue, condition rarities.

It is one thing to look through great catalogues of 75 years ago and think that a few dollars invested then would have yielded extraordinary returns today. But we all know that such materials haven’t just risen in price, they have also disappeared almost entirely.”
Total Records in AED 569
  • <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Manuscripts
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Miniatures
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Selection of Early Printed Books
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Book of Hours, illuminated by the Jason Master, Haarlem, c. 1475-80
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Book of Hours, illuminated by the Boucicaut Master, Paris, c. 1415
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Book of Hours, illuminated by the Rohan Master, probably Troyes, c. 1415-20
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Julius Caesar, De bello Gallico, manuscript on vellum, Milan, c. 1450-75
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Biblia Latina, Paris, 1476-77, first edition of the Vulgate printed in France
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Ludolph of Saxony, Vie du Christ, illuminated by the Master of the Chronique Scandaleuse, 1506-08
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b><br>King David, miniature on vellum, Bologna, c. 1470
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Christ calling St. Peter, miniature on vellum, by Pellegrino di Mariano Rossini, Siena, 1471
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Presentation in Temple, miniature on vellum, Nuremberg, c. 1490-1500
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Bible, illuminated in the <i>primo stile</i>, Bologna, c. 1250-70
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Valturio, De re militari, Verona 1483, first edition in Italian
    <b>Dr. Jörn Günther Rare Books: </b> Celestial vision at Constantinople, single-leaf woodcut, Nuremberg,<br>c. 1490-91
  • <b>Archives Int'l June 25th: Rudolph P. Laubenheimer Family Archives with Additional Consignments.</b>
    <b>Archives Int'l June 25th:</b> Lot 23. Embossed Cameo Business Cards Mounted on Sample Book Page, ca.1860-70's. Est. $2,000-4,000.
    <b>Archives Int'l June 25th:</b> Lot 25. Sample Display engraved business cards from Rudolph's Office,<br>ca.1850-70's. Est. $1,000-2,000.
    <b>Archives Int'l June 25th:</b> Lot 80. Sample Book of Drawings of Rudolph & Ernst, ca. 1880-20's. <br>Est. $1,250-2,500.
    <b>Archives Int'l June 25th:</b> Lot 81. Rudolph Laubenheimer Blind Embossing Die, ca.1870-90's.<br>Est. $750-1,500.
    <b>Archives Int'l June 25th: Rudolph P. Laubenheimer Family Archives with Additional Consignments.</b>
    <b>Archives Int'l June 25th:</b> Lot 131. Artist Sketchbook By R.P. Laubenheimer From Germany, ca.1851 or Earlier. Est. $600-1,200.
    <b>Archives Int'l June 25th:</b> Lot 133. Rudolph Laubenheimer Portrait Sketchbook ca. 1854-55.<br>Est. $400-800.
    <b>Archives Int'l June 25th:</b> Lot 185. Rudolph Laubenheimer Sample <br>or Sample Book, ca.1870-90's.<br>Est. $600-1,200.
    <b>Archives Int'l June 25th:</b> Lot 192. Rudolph P. Laubenheimer Sample Sample Book, ca.1870-90's.<br>Est. $2,000-4,000.
    <b>Archives Int'l June 25th: Rudolph P. Laubenheimer Family Archives with Additional Consignments.</b>
    <b>Archives Int'l June 25th:</b> Lot 402. Post Spanish-American Era War Correspondence from William Dietz in the Philippines to Ernest Laubenh. Est. $2,000-3,000.
    <b>Archives Int'l June 25th:</b> Lot 529. Continental BNC Advertising Card Proof Printed on Card Plus Business & Trade Cards. Est. $750-1,500.
    <b>Archives Int'l June 25th:</b> Lot 540. Plate Printer's Union Coated Stock Invitation Pair ca. 1870's ... <br>Est. $1,000-2,000.
    <b>Archives Int'l June 25th:</b> Lot 571. Mechanics Bank Uncut Proprietary Proof Sheet. Est. $1,400-2,800.
  • <b>Profiles in History Historical Auction 75, June 11th.</b>
    <B>Profiles in History June 11.</B> Lot 10: Boone, Daniel. Autograph document signed. Est. $12,000-15,000.
    <B>Profiles in History June 11.</B> Lot 29: Darwin, Charles. Autograph letter signed. Est. $4,000-6,000.
    <B>Profiles in History June 11.</B> Lot 30: Davis, Jefferson. Civl War-date autograph letter signed. <BR>Est. $15,000-25,000.
    <B>Profiles in History June 11.</B> Lot 45: Einstein, Albert. Autograph letter signed. Est. $15,000-$25.000.
    <b>Profiles in History Historical Auction 75, June 11th.</b>
    <B>Profiles in History June 11.</B> Lot 46: Einstein, Albert. A large archive.<br>Est. $25,000-35,000.
    <B>Profiles in History June 11.</B> Lot 48: Einstein, Albert. Typed letter signed. Est. $15,000-25,000.
    <B>Profiles in History June 11.</B> Lot 57: Fulton, Robert. Autograph letter signed. Est. $8,000-12,000.
    <B>Profiles in History June 11.</B> Lot 74: Jackson, Thomas J. ("Stonewall"). <br>Est. $20,000-30,000.
    <b>Profiles in History Historical Auction 75, June 11th.</b>
    <B>Profiles in History June 11.</B> Lot 97: Lincoln, Abraham. A Proclamation, January 1863. Est. $40,000-60,000.
    <B>Profiles in History June 11.</B> Lot 99: [Slavery - Thirteenth Amendment]. Est. $80,000-120,000.
    <B>Profiles in History June 11.</B> Lot 116: Newton, Sir Isaac. Autograph document signed ("Is. Newton"). <br>Est. $30,000-$50,000.
    <B>Profiles in History June 11.</B> Lot 200: Ruth Babe. Photograph signed. <br>Est. $4,000-6,000.
  • <b>Bonhams New York: Voices of the 20th Century, 16 June 2015</b>
    <b>Bonhams NY June 16:</b> FITZGERALD, F. SCOTT. 1896-1940. <i>The Great Gatsby.</i> New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925. Est. $80,000-100,000.
    <b>Bonhams NY June 16:</b> CAMUS, ALBERT. 1913-1960. Autograph Manuscript Signed ("Albert Camus"). Est. $40,000-60,000.
    <b>Bonhams NY June 16:</b> KING, MARTIN LUTHER, JR. 1929-1968. Autograph Letter Initialed ("MLK") [August 3, 1962]. Est. $25,000-35,000.
    <b>Bonhams NY June 16:</b> MAO<br> ZEDONG. 1893-1976. <i>Quotations<br>from Chairman Mao Tse-Tung.</i>.<br>Est. $20,000-30,000.
    <b>Bonhams NY June 16:</b> VIETNAM ANTI-WAR MOVEMENT. Hettenbahc, Stephen and Robert Yagura, Designers. Est. $5,000-8,000.
    <b>Bonhams London: Fine Books and Manuscripts, 24 June 2015</b>
    <b>Bonhams London June 24:</b> ENGELS (FRIEDRICH). Papers of Friedrich Engels as Corresponding Secretary. Est. $160,000-240,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 24:</b> BRITISH ARCTIC EXPEDITION 1875-6. Illustrated autograph journal kept <br>by Commander Albert Hastings Markham. Est. $160,000-240,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 24:</b> TURING (ALAN). Autograph letter signed ("Alan Turing"). Est. $63,000-94,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 24:</b> MALLORY (GEORGE LEIGH). Series of thirty-four autograph letters and cards.<br>Est. $63,000-94,000.
    <b>Bonhams London June 24:</b> JOYCE (JAMES). <i>Ulysses</i>, First Edition, Number 282 OF 750 Copies. <br>Est. $94,000-130,000.
  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Art, Press & Illustrated Books, June 10.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> Andy Warhol, <i>Wild Raspberries</i>, <br>signed and inscribed, New York, 1959. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> Pablo Picasso and l'Académie Goncourt, <i>Regards sur Paris</i>, signed<br>by all artists and authors, Paris, 1962. $15,000 to $25,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> Hans Christian Andersen, <i>Fairy Tales</i>, with original watercolor and signature by Arthur Rackham, London, 1932. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Art, Press & Illustrated Books, June 10.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> Sonia Delaunay, <i>Compositions, Couleurs, Idées</i>, complete portfolio<br>of 40 pochoir plates, Paris, 1930. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> James Joyce's <i>Ulysses</i>, with 26 plates by Matisse, published by the Limited Editions Club, signed by both, New York, 1935. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> Andy Warhol, <i>A Gold Book</i>, with 4 hand-colored plates, signed and inscribed, New York, 1957. <br>$8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries: Art, Press & Illustrated Books, June 10.</b>
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> <i>Derrière le Miroir</i>, group of 73 <br>issues from the collection of<br>Monroe Wheeler, Paris, 1946-82. $6,000 to 9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> Ovid's <i>l'Art d'aimer d'Ovide</i>, illustrated by Salvador Dalí, Paris, 1978.<br>$6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries June 10:</b> Tristan Tzara, <i>De Mémoire d'Homme</i>, with 9 lithographs by Pablo Picasso, Paris, 1950. $5,000 to $7,500.