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. Wolfgang Lacher, Herbert Schauer and Friedrich Zisska  rebuilt the  company in January 2007 under a new name, Zisska, Schauer & Co. KG.  On 6 August 2014  Herbert Schauer left the company, which was reopened by Friedrich Zisska and Wolfgang Lacher as Zisska & Lacher Buch- und Kunstauktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG on the same date. The company will continue to hold specialist auction sales of antiquarian books and prints on a biannual basis in May and November.

As antiquarian book experts, the company´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.


À propos de nous

La maison de vente aux enchères de Munich F. Zisska & R. Kistner – spécialisée au niveau international en livres anciens rares et en estampes décoratives – a été fondée en 1983. En 2006 les directeurs fondateurs Friedrich Zisska et Rolf Kistner ont pris leur retraite, et la maison a changé de direction. Wolfgang Lacher, Herbert Schauer ont réorganisé la compagnie en janvier 2007 sous le nouveau nom, Zisska, Schauer & Co. KG.

Le 6 août 2014 Herbert Schauer a quitté la compagnie laquelle a repris ses activités, le même jour, sous le nom Zisska & Lacher Buch- und Kunstauktionshaus GmbH & Co. KG.

Notre maison continuera à organiser des ventes aux enchères pour des livres anciens et des estampes décoratives et ceci deux fois par an, en mai et en novembre.



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)