Founded in 1830 in Berlin

Our firm is entirely dedicated to the fascinating field of autographs: original manuscripts handwritten by important figures in cultural history. Writers and scientists, artists and composers, major and minor players in world history all left behind letters and other manuscripts that bring the authors closer to us in a unique way, and which are often the first and only evidence of historical moments.

 

A collection area that opens up its very own cosmos – J. A. Stargardt’s specialty for almost 200 years.

Autograph and Manuscript Traders and Auctioneers


Special items

Some autographs that we have been able to sell successfully in recent years.


On Collecting Autographs

Günther Mecklenburg (1898-1984), long-time owner of J. A. Stargardt, wrote "Vom Autographensammeln" (“On Collecting Autographs”), the first modern manual for autograph collectors. Even after almost 60 years, it offers excellent insight into the subject. We are making the book available digitally here (in German). All rights to the texts are reserved by J. A. Stargardt.

The
History of our Autograph House

The J. A. Stargardt company was founded in Berlin in 1830 by Johann Carl Klage (1785-1850) as a book and music supplies shop. As of 1841, it was directed by Ernst Krigar, who sold the company to Reuter & Stargardt in 1847. Paul Julius Reuter (1816-1899) resigned as early as 1849 and later founded the well-known Reuter's Telegram Company, today’s Reuters news agency

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J. A. STARGARDT: AUTOGRAPH AND MANUSCRIPT TRADERS AND AUCTIONEERS, IN BERLIN SINCE 1830.