Bücher, Autografen, Handschriften

Die Erfindung des Buchdrucks um 1450 durch Johannes Gutenberg leitete in Europa eine regelrechte Medienrevolution ein. Nun war es möglich, Bücher schnell und kostengünstiger zu erstellen bzw. in großen Auflagen zu vervielfältigen. Mit dem Buch kam auch die Bildung in die mittleren und unteren Schichten der Bevölkerung. Google veröffentlichte 2010, dass weltweit ca. 129.864.880 unterschiedliche Buchtitel existieren. Dass darunter auch viele sammelwürdige sind, dürfte kaum verwundern. Das teuerste Buch aller Zeiten ist der Codex Leicester, der von keinem geringeren, als Leonardo da Vinci verfasst wurde. Mit sagenhaften 29 Millionen Euro wurde die 72-seitige, gebundene Sammlung an handschriftlichen Blättern von Bill Gates erworben. Wohl das teuerste gedruckte Buch ist „Birds of America“. Nur 119 vollständige Exemplare sind bekannt. Für das vierbändige Werk wurden 2010 ca. 8 Millionen Euro bezahlt.

Als „Autographen“ bezeichnet man handgeschriebene Texte. Dies können zum Beispiel Briefe oder ganze Romane sein. Umso bekannter der Verfasser, umso gesuchter das Dokument. Das Sammeln von Autographen ist ein eigenständiges Sammelgebiet mit eigens spezialisierten Händlern. Oft tauchen autographische Dokumente in Buchauktionen auf.

Mit „Handschriften“ meint man im Auktionswesen schriftliche Dokumente, die bis ca. Anfang des 18. Jahrhundert entstanden sind. Dies können aufwändig gestaltete und illuminierte Bücher sein, die vor der Erfindung des Buchdrucks entstanden sind, aber auch wissenschaftliche Schriften bis in die Barockzeit. Ihnen gemein ist die Tatsache, dass sie Originale sind und damit einzigartig. Daraus ergibt sich auch ihr Wert.
 
Two large miniatures with the Virgin and Child seated in a walled garden...

Two large miniatures with the Virgin and Child seated in a walled garden and in a hilly landscape, adored by angels, both on leaves from an illuminated Book of Hours, in Latin, on parchment [Central France (probably Bourges), c. 1480-90] Single leaf, with 2 half-page arch-topped miniatures, each approximately 85mm. high: (a) the Virgin seated before an ornamental wall with carved human faces...

Preis: 3.000 £ - 5.000 £
ca. 3.820 $ - 6.367 $

Datum: 02.07.2019

Miniature Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin, opulently illuminated...

Miniature Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin, opulently illuminated manuscript on parchment [north eastern Italy (Veneto), c. 1480] 210 leaves (plus 2 modern endleaves at back), complete, i12, ii-ix10, x6, xi8, xii6, xiii-xx10, xxi4, xxii8, xxiii6, catchwords and some cropped signature marks, single column, 12 lines in a fine late gothic bookhand (all in dark brown apart from opening page and...

Preis: 30.000 £ - 50.000 £
ca. 38.207 $ - 63.678 $

Datum: 02.07.2019

Book of Hours (Use of Rome). Illuminated manuscript, circa 1450

Book of Hours (Use of Rome). Illuminated manuscript on prepared parchment in Latin, Northern France or Flanders, circa 1450, 84 x 61 mm, 132 folios: 12 leaves of manuscript calendar at front, 118 leaves of text and illuminations, and one blank ruled leaf at end (complete), plus single 19th century parchment blank at front and two similar parchment blanks at end, 19th century red morocco-faced...

Preis: 10.000 £ - 15.000 £
ca. 12.739 $ - 19.109 $

Datum: 26.06.2019

Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment...

Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment [Southern Netherlands (Bruges, or perhaps Ghent), last decades of fifteenth century] 169 leaves, rebound on thin paper guards and thus uncollatable, but wanting single leaves throughout (mostly with miniatures), single column of 16 lines in a fine late gothic bookhand, one- and 2-line initials in liquid gold on blue and pink...

Preis: 3.000 £ - 5.000 £
ca. 3.820 $ - 6.367 $

Datum: 02.07.2019

Leaf from an early Book of Hours, with a yellow rabbit, in Latin...

Leaf from an early Book of Hours, with a yellow rabbit, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on parchment [France, late thirteenth or perhaps early fourteenth century] Single leaf, with single column, 19 lines in a professional early gothic bookhand, capitals touched in red, rubrics in red, one-line initials in red or blue with contrasting penwork, four large illuminated initials in blue or pink with...

Preis: 400 £ - 600 £
ca. 509 $ - 764 $

Datum: 02.07.2019

The Virgin within a mandorla, adored by angels, on a leaf from an...

The Virgin within a mandorla, adored by angels, on a leaf from an illuminated Book of Hours, in Latin, on parchment [Central France (probably Bourges), c. 1480-90] Single leaf, with a large half-page arch-topped miniature enclosing the Virgin in blue robes edged in liquid gold, as she walks towards the viewer on a pathway formed from blue clouds, through a mandorla of adoring angels picked out in...

Preis: 1.500 £ - 2.000 £
ca. 1.910 $ - 2.547 $

Datum: 02.07.2019

Augustinian Monastic Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin, decorated...

Augustinian Monastic Book of Hours, Use of Rome, in Latin, decorated manuscript on parchment [Italy, (Florence), dated 1 January 1467] 136 leaves (plus an endleaf at front and back reused from a contemporary Italian choirbook), foliated in modern pencil 1-137, complete, collation: i6, ii-xiv10, ornamental catchwords in calligraphic penstrokes sometimes touched with yellow, and leaf signature in...

Preis: 3.000 £ - 5.000 £
ca. 3.820 $ - 6.367 $

Datum: 02.07.2019

Leaf from an opulently illuminated Book of Hours, in Latin, on parchment...

Leaf from an opulently illuminated Book of Hours, in Latin, on parchment [France (Paris), c. 1430] Single leaf, with single column of 16 lines in an excellent late gothic bookhand, late medieval single-word correction in margin, single catchword touched with yellow wash in lower decorated border of verso, almost every other line with a one- or 2-line initial in blue and pink on burnished gold...

Preis: 400 £ - 600 £
ca. 509 $ - 764 $

Datum: 02.07.2019

Leaf from an opulently illuminated Book of Hours, in Latin, on parchment...

Leaf from an opulently illuminated Book of Hours, in Latin, on parchment [France (Paris), c. 1430] Single leaf, with single column of 16 lines in an excellent late gothic bookhand, rubrics in liquid gold, one- and 2-line initials in blue and pink on burnished gold grounds, one large initial in same enclosing densely twisting ivy leaf foliage, full border of acanthus leaf sprays in corners and...

Preis: 600 £ - 800 £
ca. 764 $ - 1.018 $

Datum: 02.07.2019

The Annunciation to the Shepherds, on a leaf from a Book of Hours...

The Annunciation to the Shepherds, on a leaf from a Book of Hours, illuminated manuscript in Latin on parchment [northern France (Paris or Rouen), c. 1470] Single leaf, with three-quarter page rectangular miniature with a female shepherd at its midpoint, this figure kneeling and holding a sheep, surrounded by other male shepherds who gaze adoringly as angels holding a banderole descend from above...

Preis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £
ca. 2.547 $ - 3.820 $

Datum: 02.07.2019