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.
 
BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum...

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Flanders, probably Ghent, c.1485-1490] A Book of Hours from the golden age of Flemish illumination with a fascinating history . 124 x 86mm, ii + 291 + ii, some paper interleaves, 15 lines, ruled space: 56 x 40mm, two full-page owner miniatures with borders on inserted leaves (armorials altered and the wife’s miniature...

Preis: 25.000 £ - 35.000 £
ca. 32.265 $ - 45.172 $

Datum: 11.12.2019

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum...

BOOK OF HOURS, use of Rome, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [Bruges, 1460s] Epitomising the 15 th -century fashion for semi-monochrome painting at the Burgundian Court: a Bruges Book of Hours illuminated in part-grisaille by the Mildmay Master, with an unbroken French noble provenance from the 17 th century. 152 x 105mm, i + 168 + i leaves, apparently complete, preserving some...

Preis: 20.000 £ - 30.000 £
ca. 25.812 $ - 38.718 $

Datum: 11.12.2019

A FUNERAL SERVICE, WITH ST MICHAEL BATTLING THE DEVIL FOR A SOUL, miniature...

A FUNERAL SERVICE, WITH ST MICHAEL BATTLING THE DEVIL FOR A SOUL, miniature on a leaf from a Book of Hours, with 5 text leaves from the same manuscript, in Latin, illuminated manuscript on vellum [France, perhaps Châlons, c.1480]. An engaging miniature with fantastically lavish borders inhabited by multiple species of birds. 145 x 97mm. The miniature opening the Office of the Dead, the initial ‘D...

Preis: 2.000 £ - 3.000 £
ca. 2.581 $ - 3.871 $

Datum: 11.12.2019

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST, a leaf from a Book of Hours illuminated by the Master...

ST JOHN THE BAPTIST, a leaf from a Book of Hours illuminated by the Master of Jacques de Luxembourg [Eastern France or Paris, c.1465] A vibrant and lively example of the work of the Master of Jacques de Luxembourg, active in Paris in the 1460s and 70s. 225 x 170mm. The miniature opens an antiphon to St John the Baptist (somewhat faded, some marginal spotting). Framed. Provenance : (1) The parent...

Preis: 4.000 £ - 6.000 £
ca. 5.162 $ - 7.743 $

Datum: 05.12.2019

PENTECOST, miniature by the Spanish Forger on a leaf from a 15th-century...

PENTECOST, miniature by the Spanish Forger on a leaf from a 15th-century Book of Hours [Paris, c.1900] An appealing example a 'medieval fake': a delightful representation of Pentecost by 'one of the most successful, skilful and prolific forgers of all time', the Spanish Forger. 165 x 121mm. The 15th-century text opening the Hours of the Holy Spirit from a Book of Hours. 16 lines of text, rules...

Preis: 1.500 £ - 2.500 £
ca. 1.935 $ - 3.226 $

Datum: 11.12.2019

Photography.- Brandt (Bill) Nudes 1945-1980, first edition, 1980; and...

Photography.- Brandt (Bill) Nudes 1945-1980, first edition, illustrations, original cloth, dust-jacket, price-clipped, slight chipping to top edge, 1980; Literary Britain, illustrations, original cloth, dust-jacket, a little rubbed, 1984 § Leibowitz (Annie) and Susan Sontag, Women, first edition, illustrations, original boards, a little rubbed, dust-jacket, slight rubbing to corners and...

Preis: 100 £ - 150 £
ca. 130 $ - 195 $

Datum: 10.12.2019

A COLLECTION OF MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT LEAVES, 10 leaves from liturgical...

A COLLECTION OF MEDIEVAL MANUSCRIPT LEAVES, 10 leaves from liturgical manuscripts on vellum, in Latin [central Europe, 13th to 16th centuries] An eclectic collection of illuminated leaves, several of which from important, published manuscripts, including a leaf from a 13th-century Spanish Psalter-Hymnal; one of the oldest known Dutch miniatures; and a leaf from a Flemish Psalter-Hours with...

Preis: 1.500 £ - 2.500 £
ca. 1.935 $ - 3.226 $

Datum: 11.12.2019

Binding.- Austen-Leigh (Rev. James Edward) A Memoir of Jane Austen, first...

Binding.- Austen-Leigh (Rev. James Edward) A Memoir of Jane Austen, first edition, engraved frontispiece and 4 plates, extra-illustrated with 30 engraved plates, of which 2 hand-coloured, small tear to 1 plate neatly repaired and laid down, occasional faint spotting, later morocco by Riviere & Son, original cloth bound in at end, browned spine, slight bumping to corners and extremities, 8vo, 1870...

Preis: 80 £ - 120 £
ca. 104 $ - 156 $

Datum: 10.12.2019

DARWIN, Charles Robert (1809-1882). The Variation of Animals and Plants...

DARWIN, Charles Robert (1809-1882). The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication ... Second edition, revised, fourth thousand . London: John Murray, 1875. Author's presentation copy of his 'big book' on evolution by natural selection, with 11 revisions in the hand of Darwin's amanuensis. 'This represents the only section of Darwin's big book on the origin of species which was printed in...

Preis: 25.000 £ - 35.000 £
ca. 32.265 $ - 45.172 $

Datum: 11.12.2019

Africa.- Thesiger (Wilfred) The Life of My Choice, first edition, signed by...

Africa.- Thesiger (Wilfred) The Life of My Choice, first edition, signed by author to title, previous owner's ink inscription to front free endpaper, plates, original boards, slight bumping to spine extremities, dust-jacket, 1987; My Kenya Days, first edition, illustrations, original cloth, slight bumping to spine extremities, dust-jacket, a little rubbed, 1994 § Lawrence (T. E.) Seven Pillars of...

Preis: 100 £ - 150 £
ca. 130 $ - 195 $

Datum: 10.12.2019