About us

Since 1883 we have been dealing in valuable books, manuscripts, and autographs. A company history illustrated by original documents and photos from our archive provides an overview of the first century of the business founded by Hermann Gilhofer. The more recent years are documented extensively by our latest publications, several galleries of interesting items we were able to sell, and our press archives kept since the mid-1990s. Since 2002, we have been operating under the name of “Antiquariat Inlibris, Gilhofer Nfg. GmbH”, located at Rathausstrasse 19 in Vienna’s historic centre and in the immediate vicinity of the Town Hall, the University, and the Court Theatre. As measured by turnover, stock value, and the other key data of the trade, we remain to this day the foremost business among Austrian rare book dealers.

As members of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB), the Verband der Antiquare Österreichs (Austrian association of antiquarian booksellers), as well as the Verband deutscher Antiquare e. V. (German association of antiquarian booksellers), we are bound by these organizations’ code of ethics.

A large proportion of our customers is made up of institutions, among them renowned international universities and major state libraries. A small selection of libraries and archives regularly served by us can be gathered from our press archives. We keep contact with private customers especially at international book fairs and through our online catalogues. You are welcome to visit us on our business premises from Monday to Friday, 10 AM to 6 PM.

We buy printed books from all fields from the 15th to the mid-19th centuries. We look forward to helping you build and improve your own collection and are happy to take buying orders for the major book auctions in Germany, Austria, and Great Britain, which we attend regularly.

We dedicate special attention to estates and archives of important personalities of science and the arts. Through specially prepared archive catalogues we have been able to sell during the past years the archives of Lotte Lehmann (singer, 1888–1976), Josef Schrammel (founder of the “Schrammel” quartet, 1852–1895), and Max Reinhardt (director, 1873–1943), as well as Otmar Seemann’s 12,000-volume collection of encyclopaedias and the last privately owned important original manuscripts by Ludwig Wittgenstein (philosopher, 1889–1951). Further collections that entered institutional or private possession through our company are documented in our galleries, where you will also find a selection of outstanding individual items sold through us during the past few years.

With this specialisation in mind, we have concentrated our buying policy on individual items of high quality as well as especially on important collections, entire libraries, and archives and estates.