Detlev Auvermann Rare Books

Detlev H. H. Auvermann

Born in Germany in 1963.

I joined my father’s antiquarian bookselling business in 1984 (originally Detlev Auvermann KG, later Auvermann & Reiss).  I have been familiar with the antiquarian book business since childhood, as well as with the auction market through my father’s then partner, Godebert Michael Reiss of Reiss & Auvermann.  As my father had partners in Germany, England and America, I early on experienced an international market, with clients in numerous countries and continents, including Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, England, America, and Japan, among them many institutions.  Following two and a half years of work experience at my father’s company I left for Spain to assist a bookseller in Madrid for several months.  Back in Germany I entered an apprenticeship with a much-respected bookseller in Nuremberg in January 1987.

In late December 1987 I moved to London to begin an apprenticeship in the Science and Medicine department at Bernard Quaritch Ltd. (, then run by William Patrick Watson ([email protected]).  I eventually ran the history of science and medicine department for a number of years as a director of Bernard Quaritch.

I decided to leave the company in October 2012 after almost 25 years at Quaritch to set up my own business.  I work from home.

I much like the rare and interesting.  A good number of the books offered by me are of a relevant provenance.

Detlev Auvermann Rare Books

216 Bunyan Court


London EC2Y 8DH

+44 (0)203 645 3140