Stockholms Auktionsverk's upcoming auction features more than 300 items dating back to the 15th century including maps, travelogues, and numerous titles focusing on the wonders of cooking from the collection of Inga-Lill Skoog.
A total of 86 items from her library on the theme of food and husbandry will go under the hammer on December 7 including a collection of recipes dating back more than 300 years with titles such as "To cook Coffey", "Anna von der Noth's Wafers", and "To stew lobster".
"With this particular category of books, we notice that they reach a younger target group than we are used to," said Katharina Fahlstedt, Chief Curator of Books, Maps and Manuscripts at Stockholms Auktionsverk. Cookbooks are easy to get into, partly because they concern us all and are based on a topic that most people can relate to, but also because they evoke nostalgia. There is no escaping from the fact that nice images of beautiful layouts and table settings can be more accessible than for example a book on Nordic history from the 16th century written in Latin.”
There are also a number of remarkable atlases in the map section, including one of Russia that has provenance from Gustaf Nobel's library. This very rare, first edition was printed in St. Petersburg in 1745 and is the very first printed atlas of Russia. The youngest of the sons of Ludvig and Edla Nobel, Gustaf Nobel was based in Baku between 1914 and 1917 where his father and two older brothers, Alfred and Robert, founded the oil company The Nobel Brothers Company. Gustaf later took over as CEO of the family business but was forced to flee Russia in 1918 to escape the revolution.
A couple of hundred years before the rare atlas and Gustaf Nobel, a group of Russian travelers can be seen in the exquisitely detailed and rare print from 16th century Prague. It depicts Russian ambassadors from the court of Ivan IV on their way to meet the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian II in Regensburg in 1576, where a long procession of noble men and priests arrive bearing gifts and precious furs. Later reproductions of the engraving, printed in the 19th century, can be seen in libraries and museums, including the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs in Paris.