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Rare Books Auction - Biblical Rarities

09-05-2014 06:49 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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Biblia germanica, Neunte Deutsche Bibel. Nuremberg 1483. Estimate: EUR 60,000

Biblia germanica, Neunte Deutsche Bibel. Nuremberg 1483. Estimate: EUR 60,000

Hamburg, 04 September, 2014 (kk) – It is nothing less than one of the most important German early woodcut books. Now the printed German edition of the “Neunte Deutsche Bibel”, the only one by Anton Koberger, godfather of Albrecht Dürer, will be sold in the auction of Rare Books at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg on 17/18 November.

The remarkably well-preserved copy from 1483 was executed in a pleasing new type. With its 109 woodcuts in the text, of which 21 are kept in a lucent coloring, it has an extremely remarkable appearance and emanates a splendor that captivates readers today just as much as it did in the past. The Koberg bible counts among the most splendidly illustrated bibles of the 15th century and had substantial influence on all following editions. The estimate is at EUR 60,000.

Besides a copy of the colored and annotated edition of the Nuremberg Chronicle from the library of the contemporary scholar Cincinnius, which will enter the race with an estimate of EUR 100,000, it is Basilius Besler's “Hortus Eystettensis“ from 1712 (estimate: EUR 85,000) which is particularly fascinating, for it is a rare trial proof of the jubilee edition of the magnificent botanical work, which had been planned for the following year 1713 and was eventually realized in 1750.

Further highlights in the botanical section are a number of herbal books, for instance the third Latin edition of the “Hortus sanitatis“, which will be offered with attractive estimates. While the presumably most important medieval work on natural history will be called up with an estimate of EUR 20,000, the book “De historia stirpium“ by Leonard Fuchs could perhaps be available for EUR 18,000. Images from the first edition of the famous Renaissance herbal book with 512 hand-colored full-page woodcuts of plants are used even today for the illustration of scientific works. Also Johann Christian Volckamer's first edition of the famous monography on citrus fruits “Nürnbergische Hesperides“, estimated at EUR 10,000, is guaranteed to make for excitement in the auction room.

In the section of travel literature it is Francois Auguste Péron's “Voyage de découvertes aux Terres australes“ that is particularly worthwhile mentioning. The rare first edition of the travelog in three volumes by the natural scientist, who participated in the French South Sea expedition under Baudin as a zoologist, has been estimated at EUR 12,000.

The section of autographs offers Ludwig Wittgenstein's corrections of Ludwig Hänsel's “Wertgefühl und Wert“ (estimate: EUR 7,500), annotated with numerous critical notes, as well as a signed postcard by Franz Kafka from a vacation in Paris together with his later estate administrator Max Brod, in which Kafka sends “Kind regards“ to some mademoiselle Misek in Prague. The estimate is at EUR 8,000.

The range of offerings is completed by the collection of sermons “Sermones de sanctis“ by Evrardus de Valle Scholarum (estimate: EUR 16,000) and the “Sermones dormi secure“ by Johannes da Verdena (estimate: EUR 15,000), as well as by Johann Baptist Homann's map series from 1725. His “Grosser Atlas uber die gantze Welt“ will be called up with an estimate of EUR 25,000.

Next to rare books, manuscripts, autographs and decorative prints, the auction offers Maritime and Northern German Art. While the latter offers works by, among others, Erich Kubierschky (“Rinkenis an der Flensburger Förde“, estimate: EUR 2,800) and Klaus Fußmann (“Landschaft mit Bäumen“, estimate: EUR 2,600), the section of Maritime Art comprises Claus Bergen's “Die Deutsche Hochseeflotte vor der Skagerrakschlacht“ (estimate: EUR 4,500) and the “Jacht Alexandrine auf tosender See“ (estimate: EUR 3,500) by an artist from Mecklenburg.

Thu/Fri 06/07 November, from 11 am – 5 pm
Mon-Fri 10-14 November, from 11 am – 5 pm
Sun 16 November, by appointment
Holstenwall 5, Hamburg

Mon/Tue 17/18 November
Rare Books – Manuscripts – Autographs – Decorative Prints as well as Maritime and Northern German Art
Holstenwall 5, Hamburg

Since it was founded in 1954, Ketterer Kunst has been firmly established in the front ranks of auction houses dealing in fine art and rare books, with its headquarters in Munich and a branch in Hamburg. Gallery rooms in Berlin as well as representatives in Heidelberg, Düsseldorf and Modena (Italy) contribute substantially to the company's success. In addition, exhibitions, special theme and charity auctions as well as permanent online auctions on are regular events at Ketterer Kunst. Robert Ketterer is auctioneer and owner of Ketterer Kunst.


for press enquiries:

Ketterer Kunst
Joseph-Wild-Str. 18
81829 Munich
Michaela Derra M.A.
Telefon: +49-(0)89-55244-152 (Fax: -177)

for the department of Rare Books:

Ketterer Kunst
Holstenwall 5
20355 Hamburg
Christoph Calaminus
Telefon: +49-(0)40-374961-11, Fax:-66

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