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Switzerland has always been a central marketplace for ideas as well as for the sharing of the culture of knowledge in Europe: in other words, for books. Koller’s auctions for Books and Autographs reflect the enormous variety of forms which the written and printed word has assumed over the centuries: from incunables to modern first editions; from books of hours to avant-garde publications, we present desirable works from all periods and on all subjects. The minutely researched and lavishly illustrated catalogues are dedicated to a discerning international clientele of collectors and specialists, libraries and archives. Excellent prices are achieved for botanical masterworks, important travel literature and historic atlases, as well as for rare Bibles, letters by famous authors, and modern artist’s books. Entire collections dedicated to specific areas of knowledge are regularly presented in their own single-owner catalogues.

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Apian, Peter. Astronomicum Caesareum. Title with coloured woodcut border and big coloroured woodcut. Dedication with engraved coat-of-arms of emperor Carl V. and fullpage-size color woodcut at the end. 36 fullpage-size colored astronomical woodcuts, thereof 21 with in total 61 (of upon 83) moving elements (so called "volvelles") and 27 coloured cords. A lot, partly colored woodcuts in text and 93 figural woodcut-initials (thereof 53 on 11,5 lines). Ingolstadt. [colophon in mirror writing]: In aedibus nostris [Georg and Peter Apian], 1540. Folio. [59] leaves. 2 mounted textbands on fol. G4 recto, mounted correcting-band over two lines on fol. K1 recto. Red maroquin of the 19th century (signed Belz-Niédrée), with gilt spine and covers, and gilt edges. - First Edition, edition B corresponding Schottenloher: The last page with an older coat-of-arms woodcut: an eagle with one head and signature "Insignia Petri Apiani". Our copy without the 12 pearls, which were mounted on the cords. - Inside: Lightly waiterstained on the upper border, in the beginning a little stronger, the first three leaves with smal restorations of the bursting border (outside the text). The last third also a little waterstained on the borders, apart from that just a little browned, all in all in an exceptional condition. - Provenance: Old bookseller mark of the Erasmushaus Basel. - Swiss private property. - One of the most important books of the 16th century and "the most spectacular contribution of the book-maker's art to sixteenth century science" (Gingerich).
CHF 660 000
Apian, Peter. Astronomicum Caesareum. Title with coloured woodcut border and big coloroured woodcut. Dedication with engraved coat-of-arms of emperor Carl V. and fullpage-size color woodcut at the end.  36 fullpage-size colored astronomical woodcuts, thereof 21 with in total 61 (of  upon 83) moving elements (so called "volvelles") and 27 coloured cords. A lot, partly colored woodcuts in text and 93 figural woodcut-initials (thereof 53 on 11,5 lines). Ingolstadt. [colophon in mirror writing]:  In aedibus nostris [Georg and Peter Apian], 1540. Folio. [59] leaves. 2 mounted textbands on fol. G4 recto, mounted correcting-band over two lines on fol. K1 recto. Red maroquin of the 19th century (signed Belz-Niédrée), with gilt spine and covers, and gilt edges. - First Edition, edition B corresponding Schottenloher: The last page with an older coat-of-arms woodcut: an eagle with one head and signature "Insignia Petri Apiani". Our copy without the 12 pearls, which were mounted on the cords. - Inside: Lightly waiterstained on the upper border, in the beginning a little stronger, the first three leaves with smal restorations of the bursting border (outside the text). The last third also a little waterstained on the borders, apart from that just a little browned, all in all in an exceptional condition. - Provenance: Old bookseller mark of the Erasmushaus Basel. - Swiss private property. - One of the most important books of the 16th century and "the most spectacular contribution of the book-maker's art to sixteenth century science" (Gingerich).
ORIENT - Roberts, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia. From Drawings made on the spot by David Roberts, R.A. With historical Descriptions by the Revd. George Croly. L.L.D. Lithographed by Louis Haghe. 6 volumes. With 4 engraved frontispieces (thereunder 1 portrait of the author), 6 engraved titles, 238 coloured originial-lithographies, all mounted on card, as well as 2 engraved maps by L. Haghe after D. Roberts and C. Baugniet. London, F. G. Moon, 1842-1849. 6 monumental Maroquin with gilt spine and covers, coat-of-arms, gilt edges (sign: "Pilkington, Dublin"; borders a little rubbed, some slight spottings, light scratchings) in: Library furniture, late Art Déco. Trope wood. Rectangular corpus with diagonal leaf on the mounted base. Open front with 6 extensible shelf boards. Metal holders. 81x52x106 cm (the leaf with scratchings and missings in the inlay). - First edition, complete with all engravings. - Inside: Titles and text a little moldy and browned. Some plates a little foxing and glue shadily. Some fingerspots. The plate 'Shrine of the Annunciation' in vol. I cut on the borders, the plate "Cairo looking West" with some ink dots and/ or colour dabbers. All in all in a very good condition. - Provenance: With the exlibris and coat-of-arms of the Earls of Portarlington on Emo Court (Ireland). - Monunumental travelogue from the Orient in custom-built furniture
CHF 224 400
ORIENT - Roberts, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia, Egypt, & Nubia. From Drawings made on the spot by David Roberts, R.A. With historical Descriptions by the Revd. George Croly. L.L.D. Lithographed by Louis Haghe. 6 volumes. With 4 engraved frontispieces (thereunder 1 portrait of the author), 6 engraved titles, 238 coloured originial-lithographies, all mounted on card, as well as 2 engraved maps by  L. Haghe after D. Roberts and C. Baugniet. London, F. G. Moon, 1842-1849. 6 monumental Maroquin with gilt spine and covers, coat-of-arms, gilt edges (sign: "Pilkington, Dublin";  borders a little rubbed, some slight spottings, light scratchings) in: Library furniture, late Art Déco. Trope wood. Rectangular corpus with diagonal leaf on the mounted base. Open front with 6 extensible shelf boards. Metal holders. 81x52x106 cm (the leaf with scratchings and missings in the inlay). - First edition, complete with all engravings. - Inside: Titles and text a little moldy and browned. Some plates a little foxing and glue shadily. Some fingerspots. The plate 'Shrine of the Annunciation' in vol. I cut on the borders, the plate  "Cairo looking West"  with some ink dots and/ or colour dabbers. All in all in a very good condition. - Provenance: With the exlibris and coat-of-arms of the Earls of Portarlington on Emo Court (Ireland). - Monunumental travelogue from the Orient in custom-built furniture