Rare Book Monthly

Articles - November - 2017 Issue

Nov. 20: Rare Books at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg


Highlight lots from Ketterer Kunst's Nov. 20 sale

This month, Hamburg-based auction house Ketterer Kunst is hosting a sale of Rare Books that features an interesting array of material. With atlases, manuscripts, photographs, and of course, books, collectors of many subjects and mediums will find interesting material in the sale. Rare Books takes place November 20th.


Beginning the highlights with an atlas, lot 28 is Henri Abraham Châtelain’s Atlas historique, ou nouvelle introduction à l’histoire, à la chronologie & à la geographie ancienne & moderne, printed between 1718 and 1720. The volume contains 284 mostly double page copper plate maps and plates and is estimated €20,000.


As for medieval manuscripts, look no further than lot 3, which is an illuminated French vellum manuscript produced in Paris around 1380 or 1390. This particular item is a calendar, “endowed with vignettes of the occupations of the months and signs of the zodiac,” and is a very rare item. Lot 3 is estimated €50,000.


Lot 34 is quite different from the two highlights so far, and it’s also quite a bit newer. Knud Rasmussen is widely considered the father of Inuitology. This lot is a collection of original photographs, glass slides, typoscripts and map material that belonged to the famed Danish Greenlandic explorer. The material comes from the estate of Rasmussen’s longtime friend, secretary, and fellow adventurer, Emmy Langberg. The archive is estimated €28,000.


Less well known than Audubon’s Birds of America or Gould’s Birds of Great Britain is Joachim Johann Nepomuk Anton Spalowsky’s Beytrag zur Naturgeschichte der Vögel, which translates to “Supplement to the Natural History of Birds.” Offered as lot 26, the first four volumes of the original six are present and contain 178 (of 182) colored copper plates and 8 colored and engraved armorial plates. Spalowsky’s work predates both of the aforementioned ornithological books and would be an excellent addition to any bird-centric collection. It won’t come particularly cheaply, I’m afraid, as it is carries an estimate of €20,000.


Ketterer Kunst’s sale of Rare Books takes place November 20, 2017 in two sessions, beginning at 11 am and 5 pm (GMT+1) at the auction house’s location in Hamburg. Previews of the sale will take place:
Nov 08-10, 2017, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nov 13-17, 2017, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Nov 19, 2017, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm


The full catalog can be viewed online here.





Rare Book Monthly

  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.

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