Rare Book Monthly

Articles - May - 2019 Issue

May 27: The First Atlas Map of America and more at Ketterer Kunst

18d9be94-06eb-4e25-abbe-e3a29b7cecba

Ketterer Kunst offers a variety of material in their upcoming May 27 auction

May 27this a date many a high roller collector will want to bookmark in their calendars. Ketterer Kunst, the Munich-based auction house, will be hosting a sale of Rare Books in Hamburg that will not disappoint. With 492 lots on offer, they are divided categorically:

Renaissance and Humanism
Discovery of the World
Literature and Art
The Modern Book
Modern Book Art
Printed and Written Words
Geography and Travels
Early Prints and Manuscripts
Natural Sciences

 

There are several items carrying six-figure estimates, but the highlight of the sale is undoubtedly Geographie opus novissima traductione by Claudius Ptoelameus. Ketterer notes that this 1513 edition has been previously referenced as “the most important,” as it is the first atlas ever to include a map of America. This first “modern” atlas is complete, with 26 double page and one single page woodcut maps after Ptolemy by Martin Waldseemüller. This collection centerpiece is estimated at €140,000 as lot 23.

 

Two dozen books and portfolios with illustrations by Marc Chagall from a private German collection are also included in the sale. Chagall’s Cirque stands out, being one of 250 numbered copies of “the fantastic and gaudy world of the circus through the eyes of Marc Chagall” (lot 87, €120,000). Copies of ancient texts illustrated by Chagall, like Longus’ Daphnis & Chloé (lot 189, €130,000) and Homer’s l’Odyssée, are also being offered (lot 90, €35,000).

 

Natural history, always a popular collecting target, is very well represented in the sale. Pierre Joseph Redouté’s Les liliacées (lot 39, €120,000), eight volumes in four, includes 486 botanical plates. Meanwhile, Naturgeschichte der Fische Deutschlands (lot 35, €50,000) by Marcus Elieser Bloch, is arguably the main ichthyological work of the 18thcentury. Complete copies, as this one is, are quite rare. Over 400 copper plates make up the work. And if fish are not your cup of tea, then perhaps birds? Getting off the well-known paths of Audubon and Gould, Ketterer offers two striking lots that would fit right at home in an ornithological collection. Lot 33, Histoire naturelle des oiseaux by Georges Louis LeClerc Buffon is a monumental work, this copy with 998 (of 1008) colored plates. The following lot, Cornelius Nozeman’s Nederlandsche vogelen, is slightly less ambitious, with “only” 250 plates. Both are magnificent, and both are estimated €30,000.

 

With the recent pro-socialist developments in Spain, it seems appropriate to include the first edition, first volume of Karl Marx’s Das Kapital. Volume I is the only one printed in Marx’s lifetime. It seems fitting that the book, printed in Hamburg, returns to its origin city for resale. It is estimated €30,000 as lot 52.

 

There is evidently a great variety of material coming to the rooms at the end of May courtesy of Ketterer Kunst, and this brief preview is just a snapshot. I encourage you to browse their online catalog, which offers efficient navigation by sale section as well as even more defined topics of interest. The catalog can be accessed here. The sale will take place in Hamburg on Monday, May 27 (US Memorial Day).

Rare Book Monthly

  • <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> Scott Joplin, <i>Treemonisha: Opera in Three Acts,</i> New York, 1911. Sold March 24 — $40,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Louisa May Alcott, autograph letter signed, 1868. Sold June 2 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Anne Bradstreet, <i>Several Poems Compiled with Great Variety of Wit and Learning, full of Delight,</i> Boston, 1758. Sold June 2 — $21,250.
    <b>Swann:</b> William Shakespeare, <i>Comedies, Histories, and Tragedies. Published according to the true Originall Copies. The Second Impression,</i> London, 1632. Sold May 5 — $161,000.
    <center><b>Swann Auction Galleries<br>View Our Record Breaking Results</b>
    <b>Swann:</b> John Bachmann, <i>Panorama of the Seat of War,</i> New York, 1861-62. Sold June 23 — $35,000.
    <b>Swann:</b> Charlotte Bronte, <i>Jane Eyre,</i> first edition, London, 1847. Sold June 16 — $23,750.
    <b>Swann:</b> Elihu Vedder, <i>Simple Simon, His Book,</i> 1913. Sold June 9 — $12,350.
    <b>Swann:</b> Frederick Catherwood, <i>Views of Ancient Monuments in Central America, Chiapas and Yucatan,</i> London, 1844. Sold April 7 — $37,500.
  • <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Auction<br>July 9 & 10, 2022</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> 1805 TN Supreme Court Book, John Overton and Hugh White Opinions. $800 to $900.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> TN Lunsford Bramlett Archive, incl. Polk White House Invitation, 8 Items. $400 to $500.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> Civil War Archive, incl. Gen. Bate on Death of Polk, Capture of Nashville. $2,000 to $2,400.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Auction<br>July 9 & 10, 2022</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> 5 Dickens 1st Ed. Books, incl. Edited by Author. $800 to $1,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> Charles Dickens, 5 Christmas Books, 1st Eds. $800 to $1,000.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> 2 Slave Documents, Nashville TN & North Carolina. $700 to $900.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Auction<br>July 9 & 10, 2022</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> 3 Maurice Sendak Signed Items, incl. Nutcracker, Pierre. $500 to $600.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> 7 Phillip Roth Hardcover Books, incl. Author Signed, 1st Eds. $500 to $550.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> 6 Kurt Vonnegut Hardcover Books, incl. Author Signed, 1st Eds. $400 to $500.
    <center><b>Case Antiques<br>Two-Day Summer Auction<br>July 9 & 10, 2022</b>
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> 3 Edward Gorey Items, incl. Print + 2 Books. $400 to $500.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> Josef Albers, INTERACTION OF COLOR, 1963. $800 to $900.
    <b>Case Antiques, Jul. 9-10:</b> Henri Matisse Jazz Portfolio for MOMA, 1st Ed., 1983. $600 to $800.

Article Search

Archived Articles

Ask Questions