Gerd Rosen was a famous and exceptional antiquarian book dealer, with a remarkable career - and not without controversy. Although of Jewish origin, his contacts to the Nazi regime allowed him to keep working during the Third Reich. After the War he opened a gallery for contemporary art at the Kurfürstendamm in Berlin as early as 1945. The gallery became the centre of the new Berlin art scene, although Gerd Rosen quarrelled with its most prominent artists. A financial crises followed in 1950. Gerd Rosen had to close his gallery, but it took him only a short time to start a new career as an antiquarian bookseller, auctioneer, and bibliomaniac. The recent issue of the German magazine “Aus dem Antiquariat” presents an excellent article on Gerd Rosen’s life and career which is, at the same time, a look back into the history of the German antiquarian book trade from the 1930s to the 1960s.
Other highlights: Dirk Heißerer has discovered a so far unknown photograph of Thomas Mann, Sir Stanley Unwin and Fritz Homeyer. Michael Eschmann describes the ex-libris of antiquarian booksellers. Bernt Ture von zur Mühlen introduces antiquarian booksellers in Frankfurt and tells us why Germany’s financial centre is also worth visiting for book collectors. “Vienna - Munich and back” - Michael Steinbach’s 40 years in the rare book trade leads us from Vienna to California to Munich and back to the Austrian capital. Also many reviews of recently published bibliographies, exhibition catalogues, antiquarian book catalogues and biographies of dealers and publishers.