Auction 464, Rare Books, Manuscripts, Autographs, Decorative Prints
The Book of the Hour
Latin Book of Hours
Maître de l’Échevinage de Rouen, around 1470
Estimate: € 40.000

Latin Book of Hours
Workshop Vrelant, Brügge, ca.1460
Estimate: € 30.000
Hamburg, 16 March 2018 (kk) – Even God uses cellphones, as nowadays calls to hours prayers sometimes come through apps. Book lovers, however, appreciate what original medieval Books of Hours have to offer. In the auction of Rare Books at Ketterer Kunst in Hamburg four of these splendid manuscripts will be called up on 28 May.

Estimated at € 40,000, the array is led by a very typical Book of Hours from the workshop of the Maître de l‘Échevinage de Rouen, the leading French miniaturist in the second half of the 15th century. With its neatly executed grotesque ornamentation and mythical creatures as border decoration, the high-class manuscript in Latin and French counts among the most luxurious products from this workshop.
Next to another manuscript from Flanders (estimate: € 20,000) and a copy of a Northern Italian work (estimate: € 8,000), a Latin Book of Hours, made in Bruges around 1460-70, provides another highlight. It includes finest miniatures executed with great mastery and is particularly notable for its reduced colors and forms. The estimate price for this exceptionally illuminated pocket-size parchment manuscripts is at € 30,000. The Livre d‘heures, which has to date been unknown to experts, comes from the workshop of Willem Vrelant, one of the most acknowledged and most productive miniaturists of his time.

A little later, in the year 1517, one of the most highly esteemed natural history works was made: The "Hortus sanitatis" counts among the finest and most comprehensive herbal- and medicine books of the 15th and early 16th century, it will enter the bidding race with an estimate of € 12,000.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke
Hoenderloo, 1929
Estimate: € 4.000
Ambroise Paré is considered a pioneer of modern surgery. He revolutionized many medical methods and invented new surgical instruments. The extremely rare first edition of his work "Traicte de la peste" from 1568 will be called up with an estimate price of € 10,000.

In 1703 Thomas Hobbes' "Leviathan" was still banned, this important writing on state philosophy was on the notorious Index Librorum Prohibitorum. Now the first print of the first edition from 1651 will be available for an estimate of € 6,000. In this work the famous state theorist explains his thoughts on an enlightened form of absolutism, as well as on social contract, both key theories for modern political science.

Rainer Maria Rilke's de-luxe edition of "Die Weise von Liebe und Tod des Cornets Christoph Rilke" will take us straight into the 20th century. Estimated at € 4,000, the book is particularly captivating for its red morocco binding based on a design by van de Velde.

"Das Plakat" is guaranteed to add suspense to the auction. The very rare and complete series of issues from the years 1910 to 1921 of this important art magazine carries an estimate price of € 25,000. With its excellent make and a large number of remarkable examples of graphic advertisement art, in colors and mounted on plates, the quality of the magazine "Das Plakat" has remained unmatched in the field of poster art up until today.

16-18/ 22-25 May   Ketterer Kunst   Holstenwall 5,   20355 Hamburg
27 May by appointment


28 May    Ketterer Kunst   Holstenwall 5,   20355 Hamburg

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