01.02.2017 - Heinrich Köhler: outstanding auction of philatelic literature (21-25 March)

(Wiesbaden) Almost five years ago, on 2 November 2012, Heinrich Köhler held a world-acclaimed special auction for literature lovers in Mainz, during IPHLA. And now a second auction of this kind will follow, at the end of March 2017 to be precise, an event that will offer even a wider range of material. The consignments of four well-known literature collectors (among them Erivan Haub and especially Charles Freeland) made this unique offering of material possible.
Bibliophiles will find the stamp catalogues of Alfred Potiquet, Paris, 1862, but also the first German catalogue of the Dürr'schen bookshop (2nd Ed. 1863), several Moens catalogues (1864), Bellars & Davie (1864) and Zschiesche’s catalogue of 1872, as well as a large number of others from the 19th century, all of which are now considered rarities.
Regarding J.-B. Moens: his legendary monograph series of the 1880s is more than complete, partly represented by duplicate copies! There are also the early handbooks of the Philatelic Society London, Stanley Gibbons etc., several copies of the original edition by E. D. Bacon on the library of the Earl of Crawford, and Victor Suppantschitsch’s bibliography of 1892.
Anyone interested in forgeries has the opportunity to acquire one of the few original completely preserved Fournier albums of 1928 with all the facsimiles, some in part-sheets and multiples. The well-known BPA works documenting the forgeries of Sperati are available, and also of course the luxurious works of Mirabaud / de Reuterskiöld, Sir John Wilson and Walter Clarke Bellows.
Postal history enthusiasts are likely greatly to enjoy three volumes with all the Prussian postal regulations dating from 1687 to 1803 (!), as well as comprehensive works on the Franco-Prussian war in all its aspects - balloon, military, field- and air mail. Almost all the standard works and monographs from Germany, Europe and beyond (!) of the 19th - 20th centuries are represented.
Philatelic journals can be found in the form of almost complete “runs” of “The London Philatelist” (1892 - c. 2015) and the “Collectors Club Philatelist” (from 1922). For the first time in Germany a gigantic holding of international auction catalogues will be sold: including not only countless “name sales” and “special sales” but also large lots often with almost complete runs, and with up to 1,000+ catalogues.
The complete content of the Heinrich Köhler literature auction will be available in an online catalogue that can be used from 15 February 2017; it contains detailed information and numerous illustrations.
Requests for catalogues and further information about the auction and all the lots from: Heinrich Köhler Auktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG, Wilhelmstrasse 48, 65183 Wiesbaden, Germany. Tel. +49(0)611 39381, Fax. +49(0)611 39384, Email:, Internet:

Hardbound volumes of the “The London Philatelist” from 1892 on will come under the gavel during Koehler’s philatelic literature auction