HAMBURG.- The Ketterer Kunst
auction of Rare Books in Hamburg on 22 May 2017 will be taking a new direction with a focus on even more quality.
Following the course of the very successful evening sale, a concept unique on the German auction market, which is accompanied by an extra high-quality catalog, the main auction will also gain in importance. The presentation of all objects in the catalog will be even more appealing. Along with a high-class photographic presentation, more room for every single book allows more elaborate descriptions. A dditionally, it is going to be the first time that the entire range of offerings will be called up during just one day and one evening.
The selection is lead by the work Itinerario, the very rare first English edition of the famous travelog from Jan Huygen van Linschoten. The renowned handbook for seafarers to East India takes its readers on a journey around the world on 460 pages. It is one of the most acclaimed geographic works of its times, it also was of crucial importance for the Dutch expansion in Asia, not least for the copper maps that show the way to East India. They were the first reliable source for access to the region. Linschoten was able to prepare the maps with the help of sea maps that the Portuguese had kept a secret for more than a century. This edition is particularly attractive as it comprises the mostly lacking map of the Molucca Archipelago, the so-called Spice Islands, endowed with illustrations of various spices in the lower margin. The estimate is at 70,000.
Another lot guaranteed to increase the thrill in the saleroom is a Parisian Book of Hours that has been estimated at 15,000. The marvelously preserved manuscript with a total of 17 miniatures is particularly captivating for its elegant Antiqua hand in classic Renaissance style.
A copy of the famous poetry collection Umbra Vitae, of which only 500 have been published, will enter the race with an estimate of 8,000. This important publication counts among the main works of the art of expressionist book illustration in Germany. The entire get-up of the book, including the woodcuts on the cover and on the endpapers, has been made by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner. It is the result of his intensive occupation with the poems of Georg Heym.
The same price has been tagged to René Char's À la santé du serpent. The unusual book in snakeskin binding was made in Paris in 1954 and is one of just three copies from the absolute de-luxe edition for René Char with the original lithograph signed Jean Miró.
The section of autographs offers a Strasbourg Album amicorum (estimate: 2,000) from the possession of Margaretha Beltzer with an entry by Friederike Brion, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's first big love, as well as two autographed letters by Theodor Fontane. In 1851 the author wrote an extensive account of his financial problems, the trouble he had with his publisher, but also about the birth of his first child to his friend Friedrich Witte, pharmacist and later Member of the Reichstag. The estimates for the two letters are at 4,000 and 3,000 respectively.
Next to Rare Books, Manuscripts, Autographs and Decorative Prints, the auction also comprises works of Maritime and Northern German Art. While the latter offers works by Otto Modersohn (Stürmischer Tag über der Heide, estimate: 9,000) and Ludwig Mecklenburg (Am Oberhafen in Hamburg, estimate: 2,000), works by, among others, Friedrich Kallmorgen (Heranziehendes Wetter im Hamburger Hafen, estimate: 8,000 as well as Hamburger Hafen 'Nachmittagsstimmung mit großer Luft', estimate: 5,000) and Johannes Holst (Viermastbark auf stürmischer See, estimate: 5,000) will be called up in the section of Maritime Art.