Brunswick was again worth a visit!

60th Auction of the Antiquarian Bookseller A. Klittich-Pfankuch
with a Social Supporting Programme


On Friday, 18/11/2011 Bernd Schneider and Ralf Binnewirtz arrived in time (i.e. shortly before 11 am) at Michael Negele's home in Wuppertal to leave for Brunswick, alone the delivery of the Australian-New Zealand bibliography from Belgrade was delayed or rather had not been disposed by the truck company in Hagen. After Michael had called the company several times, the truck with the book parcels finally appeared on Gellertweg at about 11.30 am - just early enough to arrive the previewing at the Brunswick auction house Klittich-Pfankuch in the afternoon.

A big truck for 3 small book parcels -
receipt of the Australasian bibliography by Michael Negele and Ralf Binnewirtz.

After a first look into the bibliography Bernd Schneider and Ralf Binnewirtz
are very satisfied with the product from the Belgrade "workshop".

Having arrived in Brunswick after a smooth trip, we directly headed for Theaterwall 17 (meanwhile the only address of the antiquarian bookshop after the termination of the retail shop Kleine Burg 12). A considerable number of collectors were already busy there to peer their "objects of desire" - the 60th auction on the following Saturday offered again a number of rare items and promised fierce bidding combats...

Below some pictures from Friday afternoon:

Bob van de Velde concentrates on inspecting his selection.

Andreas Saremba talking with Roger Klittich

Lothar Schmid had followed the "birdcall" to Brunswick as well.

The KWA webmaster with Hans-Jürgen Fresen

Our host Roger Klittich,
in the meantime honorary member of the KWA board.

For refreshment of the guests choice beverages and
tasty snacks were offered.
From left: Hans-Jürgen Fresen, Bernd Schneider, Per Skjoldager, Matthias Limberg,
Ralf Binnewirtz, Andreas Saremba, Bob van de Velde.

Jurgen Stigter appeared in a new outfit (red T-shirt).

Calle Erlandsson with Dr. Karl Klittich and our new
Swedish member Jan Clementsson.
Mrs. Klittich, the fairy godmother of the auction house,
comes into view only indistinctly in the background.

Unfortunately there are no photos of the facsimile copy of the "Codex Alfonso" - Libro de los Juegos de Ajedrez, Dados y Tablas de Alfonso X el Sabio – including the big commentary volume which could be admired both in the next room. The "Codex" was bound in ochre yellow leather (a not very attractive color, just based on the original), anyway the printing in brilliant colors on lamb parchment was most exquisite. The halving of the price (usually 16,880 €) was due to the fact that it was an unnumbered reserve copy of the edition. I am not aware if this real gem has found a purchaser...


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