Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair 2018

The Fair at a glance
64 antiquarian booksellers will be exhibiting at the 57th Stuttgart Antiquarian Bookfair, which will be held from the 26th to the 28th of January 2018 at the Württembergischen Kunstverein, Schlossplatz.

Dealers from Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, the Netherlands and Switzerland will be exhibiting a varied and high-quality cross-section of their wares at this most prestigious antiquarian book fair in Germany. There will be antiquarian books on every conceivable subject, prints by old and new masters, manuscripts, drawings, photographies – everything a collector’s heart could desire.

Opening times
Friday, 26th January: 11 am to 7.30 pm
Saturday, 27th January: 11 am to 6 pm
Sunday, 28th January: 11 am to 5 pm

€ 5.– for all three days. The Stuttgart admission ticket is also valid for the Antiquaria in Ludwigsburg and vice versa. School children, apprentices and students up to the age of 25 will be admitted for free.

Fair Catalogue
can be ordered from the Verband Deutscher Antiquare for € 10.–. It is also available online (→ download). Here you will also find further informations and pictures (in print quality) to down-load.

Catalogue addendum – recent acquisitions by exhibitors
The fair catalogue is quite up-to-date and all the books offered in it are not for sale before the opening of the fair. But between the compilation of the catalogue and the beginning of the fair lie two long months, in which the exhibitors continue buying. As they may want to offer some of these new acquisitions in the fair catalogue, an addendum to the printed catalogue will be online from the beginning of January on our website. The books, prints and autographs offered here are subject to the same rules as the objects in the catalogue: They cannot be sold or reserved before the beginning of the fair. Come and have a look occasionally, there may be something new every time you visit!
From January 5th 2018 under


Calender of events
Rubens as a Book Illustrator
Peter Paul Rubens (1577-1640) is world-famous as a painter, but he was also active as a book illustrator. The direct bearing of his illustrations on the text of the book are marvellous, even by today’s standards. Nevertheless, they did not attract the attention they deserve, even today. There were two exhibitions forty years ago which showed that the list of his book illustrations in the catalogue raisonné is incomplete. Since then, individual book illustrations were shown at exhibitions that featured the Baroque epoch, book illustrations in general or even the reconstruction of Ruben’s comprehensive library.
Friday to Sunday, 26th to 28th January, in the Fair halls.

The catalogue that was produced by the State Academy of Visual Arts in Stuttgart, shows all his 58 book illustrations in context for the first time. For each work, all additional informations that have been published since 1977, are given. Each book is treated bibliographically and described exhaustively. What’s more, the titles are translated, the number of copies printed and even the original retail price are often given.
Gitta Bertram und Nils Büttner, Sinnbild – Bildsinn. Rubens als Buchkünstler.
Verband Deutscher Antiquare e.V. und Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Stuttgart 2018. 208 Seiten, 30 Euro

»Rubens as a Book Illustrator« 
On Saturday, 27th January, right after the fair closes, the Verband Deutscher Antiquare will be inviting to a talk by Prof. Dr. Nils Büttner, curator of the art collection and the archives of the Academy, in the halls of the fair. The cellist Leo Morelli will be performing the Ricercari by Domenico Gabrielli and Giovanni Battista Degli Antonii. Entrance is free.

The art of hand-made marbled paper
Marbled paper is everywhere in the book world – as flyleaves, covering slip-cases or cardboard bindings etc. It is one of the little-noticed, pleasant details of  bibliophily. It ranges from rich baroque brocade paper to simple paste paper and modern screen-printed decorative paper. The ancient craft of marbling is still practiced today. At her stand, graphic designer Ulrike Grießmayr will be demonstrating the art of marbling and decorating paper.
Exclusively for the fair, an edition of 30 sheets of block printed paper will be for sale.


From several hundred objects, we have selected a few representative pieces, to be understood as pars pro toto.

For Lovers of the Extraordinary
Go to hell
This Book of Hours by Jean Troussier, illustrated by Conrad de Tours, is an outstanding example of the art of book illumination practiced in Paris in the second quarter of the fifteenth century. It contains an extra illustration, depicting hell, by Jean Haincelin. The beautiful illustrations, together with the initials and decorations from the period between 1425 and 1450, the calendar and the prayers, make it a marvellous ensemble of text and illumination.
(Bibermühle – Heribert Tenschert, Ramsen CH, € 880 000,-)

Art for children from Vienna
»A game to entertain and promote good taste in children« was on sale in the Vienna shop of the art dealer H. F. Müller in 1824. Over fifty paper figurines can be arranged in the living rooms, kitchen and even the stable. Today, the pretty coloured scenes evoke a nursery without smart phone, tablet or TV but with lots of imagination. The whole thing is beautifully preserved and invites the viewer to play with it.
(Antiquariat Sabine Keune, Aachen, € 11 800,-)

A beauty from the Yoshiwara
A coloured woodprint plate from Keisai Eisen’s »Seven Beauties of the Yoshiwara« showing a courtesan in a beautiful kimono with a colourful obi, perambulating with two of her kamuro. The woodcut highlights the art of the woodcutter in depicting the elegant figures and the sumptuous fabrics of that period.
(Hannspeter Kunz, Sigmaringen, € 950,-)

Dada international
This first edition of the early poems by Tristan Tzara, written 1912 to 1915 in Romanian, was published in Bukarest in 1934. Only thirteen copies contain a signed original aquatint  by Yves Tanguy, as does this copy, which also includes a long dedication by the author to the publisher Dasa Pana, a typoscript and a manuscript with poems and some small drawings.
(Antiquariat Günter Linke, Berlin, € 80 000,-) 

The World in Pictures
A picture alphabet in XXL
Could this be the very largest picture alphabet? Whether or not, the 22 hand-coloured, lithographed plates are in oblong folio, housed in a half-cloth folder. They show 110 scenes from everyday life in the Biedermeier period, ranging from the dining room, the sewing school and horse dealing to the village quack’s shop. The work is thought to be by Wilhelm Hosemann and dated 1828.
(Antiquariat Haufe & Lutz, Karlsruhe, €  7500,-)

Humboldt on denuding the Rain Forest
Alexander von Humboldt was one of the most important scientists and travellers of his time. Today, he is also known as the first to warn of the dangers of cutting down the rain forest, arguing that this would lead to climate change. His seminal work »Voyage aux Regions Equinoxiales du Nouveau Continent, fait en 1799-1804«, co-authored by his companion Aimee Bonpland, is partly travel narrative and partly scientific treatise. This Sammelband contains part of the »Plantes Equinoxiales« and »Monographie des melastomacees« and has 198 magnificent colour plates.
(Engel & Co., Stuttgart, € 8500,-)

From a Humanist’s Library
If you want to know how people saw the world in the late 15th century, take a look at the famous »Schedelsche Weltchronik«, published in Nuremberg in 1493 in Latin, and soon afterwards, in German. It contains 1809 woodcuts on every conceivable subject, from wholly fantastic scenes to realistic representations of towns, biblical history, disasters etc. It is one of the best-illustrated incunabula. This Latin copy was owned by the Humanist Johann Kruyshaer. It has  handwritten commentaries by the original owner and was also hand-coloured by him. It also contains his book-plate, dated 1521.
(Sokol Books Ltd., London (GB), € 270 000,-)

Cut in Wood
Steadfast and pious
The woodcut »The Temptation of Saint Antonius« is Ludwig Cranach the Elder’s reaction to the outbreak of the plague in Saxony in the year 1506. St. Antonius is the saint of plague victims, but his temptation is of great fascination for artists, as it gives them a chance to depict wholly fantastic creatures like devils and demons. This rare print is in the second state, of which less than 12 copies are known.
(C.G. Boerner, Düsseldorf, € 130 000,-)

Otto Dix – Re-orientation after the Horrors of War
The first of Otto Dix’ many collections of woodcuts appeared in 1919. It contains the series of five signed woodcuts »Werden« (Becoming). Stylistically, this is a re-orientation after the horrors of the war, and is embedded in the Dada movement. Only five copies of the series were printed, one of them was destroyed by water.
(Galerie Valentien, Stuttgart, € 70 000,-)

Visions and Utopia
A machine for writing and copying
Friedrich von Knauß was an official at the Imperial Austrian court in the late 18th century. He invented a machine that, by use of levers, a quill and other ingenious devices, could imitate the writing hand of a human. For the emperor, he devised a machine that could write several copies of a manuscript at the same time. In 1780, he published a book which describes these »all-writing wonder machines«.
(Antiquariat Paul Kainbacher, Baden bei Wien, € 5500,-)

An Ideal City
Leopold Paur had a dream: He would build an ideal city in Lower Austria, in which people of all races, religions and nationalities could live together in peace and harmony. The city would consist of 856 houses, all the temples would look alike. To finance this bold plan, he would invent a treatment against syphilis, for which every human on earth would pay a small sum. Neither the treatment nor the city were ever realised, but in 1784 he announced his dream by publishing a large copperplate plan of the city.
(Antiquariat Nikolaus Struck, Berlin, € 19 000,-)

The first digitally produced book in the world
The underlying principle to this first »digitally« produced book was developed by Joseph-Marie Jacquard, who devised a machine which used punched cards to steer the movement of silk weaving machines. This principle is the predecessor of computer programming, and was later used  by Hermann Hollerith in building his calculating machine and even later by Konrad Zuse for the first working computer. – The book itself is completely woven in silk and shows pages from old manuscripts in silver and black, miniatures and initials.
(Hellmut Schumann, Zürich (CH), € 48 000,-)

Of Medical Discoveries and Drunkenness
Saviour of Mothers
Ignaz Semmelweis, a physician from Vienna, made a groundbreaking discovery in 1847: Childbed fever, from which so many women had died, is a septic disease which is disseminated by doctors and nurses with unwashed hands. The first mention of the cause of this disease is made in the magazine of the Imperial Society of Physicians of that year, which also contains several other publications and letters on the subject.
(Antiquariat Franz Siegle, Mühlhausen / Kraichgau, € 8500,-)

Horrible Alcohol Abuse
»Von dem greüwlichen Laster der Trunckenhayt« (On the horrible vice of drunkenness). This horrible vice is described in a pamphlet by Sebastian Franck, which he published in Augsburg in 1533. The titlepage shows a sumptuous feast and a vomiting man. The book is not only a warning against excessive eating and drinking but also of the social dangers inherent in gluttony and alcohol abuse. Franck even holds it responsible for the peasant uprising!
(Antiquariaat Forum BV, MS’t Goy-Houten, Utrecht, NL, € 4500,-)

Bloody serious
In September 1919, the Dadaists of Berlin published the first fascicle of their magazine “Der blutige Ernst” (“Bloody Serious”, more or less). It was edited and illustrated by John Höxter and Paul Haase. This first fascicle was entitled “Der Arzt” (The physician) and contains first printings by Edgar Firn, Raoul Hausmann, Richard Hülsenbeck, Franz Möhring and Höxter. Only six fascicles of the magazine appeared.
(Antiquariaat Die Schmiede, Amsterdam, NL, € 1600,-)


Host / Organizer
Verband Deutscher Antiquare e.V.
President: Sibylle Wieduwilt

Office: Norbert Munsch
Seeblick 1
56459 Elbingen
Fon 0049 6435 / 909147
Fax 0049 6435 / 909148


Verband Deutscher Antiquare e.V.

Geschäftsstelle: Norbert Munsch
Seeblick 1, 56459 Elbingen
Fon +49 (0)6435 909147
Fax +49 (0)6435 909148
E-Mail buch[at]antiquare[dot]de