Küchenmeisterei, printed in 1500 – €38,000 (£33,340) at Reiss & Sohn.

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Küchenmeisterei, printed in 1500 by Johann Hans Schönsperger of Augsburg, is a very rare work indeed, said the German auction house.

The copy it was offering showed small marginal tears and contemporary annotations to the woodcut illustrated title-page reproduced here, and an old repair to the inner margin has resulted in the loss of part of the image of food being prepared and cooked.

In a very recent binding, this great rarity also presented a few other shortcomings of condition and though a hand-written title has now been provided as the first leaf, the original (the one shown) was rather curiously to be found as the last leaf of the last quire.

A real rarity, however, it sold at €38,000 (£33,340).

The sale was held on October 25-27