Books and Autographs, 22 June 2017

The library of Schloss Pfannberg, from the estate of Count Carl Anton Goëss-Saurau and his spouse Marie, née Mayr-Melnhof, gave occasion for a special auction of antiquarian books and autographs at im Kinsky. The overall sales figure of around € 430,000 paid most fitting tribute to the art of the book, as did the vigorous bidding!

This auction’s top hammer price was achieved by the voluminous 1661 tome Adeliche Weydwerke (a detailed description of hunting) at € 28,000 (SP € 35,280), followed by Johann Christoph Volckamer’s horticulturally themed Nürnbergische Hesperides, containing magnificent copper-plate engravings, for € 25,000 (SP € 31,500). And a Latin edition of the famous Nuremberg Chronicle of 1493 more than doubled its starting price of € 10,000, going all the way to € 25,000 (SP € 31,500).

Finally, a prayer book once owned by Tyrolean freedom fighter Andreas Hofer was worth a full € 10,000 to the winning bidder.

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