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Rare Books

Rare books are a notable investment, particularly for those who appreciate the significance of written language. Books are made rare when there is a high demand from buyers but few known copies in existence. The demand for a book is created by a combination of factors, often including status as a first edition, signed book, or written by a famous historical figure, illustrated by a famous person, or pre-owned and marked by a famous figure. Ultimately, the book is a often a historical record or a work that changed history.

Leonardo Da Vinci’s "Codex Leicester" is one of the most rare books in the world. Da Vinci’s journal focusing on water is one of his more organized manuscripts, although the notes are still the chaotic reflection of brainstorming by a genius. The journal is occasionally on display at various museums. The 1640 Bay Psalm Book was the first book written in British America and the first book printed in English in the New World. It is one of only 11 surviving copies.

Collectors can often find interesting examples of rare books at auction. Another way to develop a collection of rare books is to simply keep the books you love, or seek out modern landmark books that shake up the world and wait for their values to increase.


Quick Facts

  • A first edition first issue copy of "The Sun Also Rises" with the original dust jacket sold for $161,000 at a Sotheby’s auction in 2014
  • "Cosmographia" by Ptolemaeus was the first atlas printed in Germany and the first atlas with woodcut maps. It sold for $609,000 at an auction by Sotheby’s in 2014
  • "The Incredible Hulk #180" by Herb Trimpe and Jack Abel featuring the first appearance of the Wolverine character sold for $657,250 at Heritage Auctions in 2014

Recommended Items at Auction

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HOBOKENI, Nicolai (1632-1678): Anatomia secundinae humanae
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
HOBOKENI, Nicolai (1632-1678): Anatomia secundinae humanae
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
3,500 Kč4 Bids
VEREBY, Soma (1824-1885): Magyar mágnások életrajzi. 5 volumes
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
VEREBY, Soma (1824-1885): Magyar mágnások életrajzi. 5 volumes
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
250 Kč2 Bids
LA CÉPÉDE, M. (1756-1825): Comprenant l'histoire naturelle. Vol. VII.
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
LA CÉPÉDE, M. (1756-1825): Comprenant l'histoire naturelle. Vol. VII.
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
300 Kč2 Bids
BUFFON, Georges Louis Leclerc (1707-1788): Supplément a l'Historie naturelle. Mammiféres
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
BUFFON, Georges Louis Leclerc (1707-1788): Supplément a l'Historie naturelle. Mammiféres
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
950 Kč2 Bids
HEISTER, Laurent: Chirurgie
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
HEISTER, Laurent: Chirurgie
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
15,000 Kč2 Bids
HÁISZLER, György (1761-1841): Orvosi Munkája. Vol. II.
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
HÁISZLER, György (1761-1841): Orvosi Munkája. Vol. II.
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
300 Kč2 Bids
GERARD, John (1545–1612): The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
GERARD, John (1545–1612): The Herball or Generall Historie of Plantes
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
11,000 Kč2 Bids
LE ROUGE, Georgers-Luis (1712-1790): Introduction a la Geographie
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
LE ROUGE, Georgers-Luis (1712-1790): Introduction a la Geographie
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
5,500 Kč2 Bids
[BÉL MÁTYÁS]
Jun 05, 5:00 PM CEST
[BÉL MÁTYÁS]
by Központi Antikvárium
Est: Ft0- Ft0
Ft320,0002 Bids
RAYNAL, Guillaume-Thomas (1713-1796): Atlas portatif
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
RAYNAL, Guillaume-Thomas (1713-1796): Atlas portatif
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
9,500 Kč2 Bids
ZEIDLER, Sebastian Christian (1620-1690): Institutiones Medicae Libris V.
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
ZEIDLER, Sebastian Christian (1620-1690): Institutiones Medicae Libris V.
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
1,000 Kč1 Bid
TOLLIUS, Jacobus (1633-1696): Epistolae Itinerariae
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
TOLLIUS, Jacobus (1633-1696): Epistolae Itinerariae
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
1,000 Kč1 Bid
VIERTHALER, Fr. Mich. (1758-1827): Reisen durch Salzburg
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
VIERTHALER, Fr. Mich. (1758-1827): Reisen durch Salzburg
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
100 Kč1 Bid
DE PONTE, Ludovici: Meditationum Pars Quinta
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
DE PONTE, Ludovici: Meditationum Pars Quinta
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
200 Kč1 Bid
LORRY, Anne Charles (1726-1783): De praecipuis morborum mutationibus
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
LORRY, Anne Charles (1726-1783): De praecipuis morborum mutationibus
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
200 Kč1 Bid
SENNERT, Daniel (1572-1637): Institutionum medicinae libri V
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
SENNERT, Daniel (1572-1637): Institutionum medicinae libri V
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
1,000 Kč1 Bid
[JOSEPHUS, Flavius] (37-100): Opera, ad multorum codicum latinorum
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
[JOSEPHUS, Flavius] (37-100): Opera, ad multorum codicum latinorum
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
2,000 Kč1 Bid
SCHÖNLEBEN, Johann Ludwig (1618-1681): De Prima Origine Augustissimae Domus Habspurgo-Austriacae
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
SCHÖNLEBEN, Johann Ludwig (1618-1681): De Prima Origine Augustissimae Domus Habspurgo-Austriacae
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
2,000 Kč1 Bid
FRANCHIMONT A FRANCKENFELD, Nicolaus (1611-1684): Lithotomia medica
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
FRANCHIMONT A FRANCKENFELD, Nicolaus (1611-1684): Lithotomia medica
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
3,000 Kč1 Bid
BECKHER, Daniel (1594-1653): Medicus Microcosmus
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
BECKHER, Daniel (1594-1653): Medicus Microcosmus
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
1,000 Kč1 Bid
BEL, Matthias (1684-1749): Adparatus ad historiam Hungariae
May 29, 8:00 PM CEST
BEL, Matthias (1684-1749): Adparatus ad historiam Hungariae
by Einszwei Gallery
Est: 0 Kč- 0 Kč
2,000 Kč1 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Rare Books


Einszwei Gallery

Einszwei Gallery

Zwiggelaar Auctions

Zwiggelaar Auctions

Vendu Rotterdam

Vendu Rotterdam

Központi Antikvárium

Központi Antikvárium