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
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
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,
Ralf Binnewirtz, Andreas Saremba, Bob van de Velde.
Stigter appeared in a new outfit (red T-shirt)
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...