Buch- und Kunstauktionshaus

About Us

The Munich auction house F. Zisska & R. Kistner – international specialists in rare antiquarian books and prints – was founded in 1983. In 2006, the company's founding directors Friedrich Zisska and Rolf Kistner retired and the company changed hands. Herbert Schauer took over the company in January 2007 under a new name, Zisska, Schauer & Co. KG. Herbert Schauer looks forward to using his long-standing experience in the antiquarian book trade to build on the company's traditional strengths and to expand the many business links the company's founders have forged over the last twenty-three years. The company will continue to hold specialist auction sales of antiquarian books and prints on a biannual basis in April and October.

As antiquarian book experts, Zisska & Schauer's fields of specialization cover all the core areas – manuscripts; autograph letters and documents; incunabula; early woodcut books; medieval illuminated manuscripts; theology; natural history; bibliography; art history; history; literature; antique maps and atlases; travel; and topographical and decorative prints. The company also specializes in rare bibliophile items and modern first editions and has handled sales of important private collections and libraries. Special catalogues are usually prepared for important single auctions. The company places major emphasis on scholarly attention to detail and high standards of expertise in cataloguing rare antiquarian items. Each auction is accompanied by a comprehensive, fully illustrated catalogue containing detailed descriptions of the items offered for sale. These catalogues are characterized by their in-depth knowledge and bibliographic accuracy. They are compiled and researched by a team of experts who are able to draw on the resources of the company's extensive reference library and when necessary, the expertise of independent specialists.


Auction catalogues are mailed to clients and subscribers in Europe and overseas about four weeks before each auction. Catalogues can also be viewed on the Internet.

All auction sales and pre-auction viewing are conducted in the company's historic premises at Unterer Anger 15, in the heart of Munich. Pre-auction viewing takes place one week prior to each auction, giving clients time to examine all items personally. The viewing area seats 50 and the saleroom seats 100. Each auction comprises approximately 2000 to 4000 lots and has a three to four-day schedule.

Highlights of our past auctions

  • Auction 12: Von Kepler bis Einstein
  • Auction 13: Sammlung Moll
  • Auction 32: Alchemie
  • Auction 41: Jagdbibliothek Lindner
  • Auction 44: Illustrierte Vogelbücher – Sammlung Horstkötter
  • Auction 52: Sammlung Brunck
  • Auction 56: Sammlung Padua


Aus Auktion 44: Brehm, Papageien, 1842

Auction 44:
Brehm, Papageien, 1842

Aus Auktion 13: Khunrath, Amphitheatrum sapientae, 1609

Auction 13:
Khunrath, Amphitheatrum sapientae, 1609

Aus Auktion 53: Einbände der Sammlung Brunck

Auction 53:
Bindings from the Brunck Library

From our Auction 59 – Sammlung Leonhard (special Catalogue)


From our Auction 56 – Sammlung Padua (special Catalogue)