About us

Antiquariat Cassel & Lampe was  founded  in 1984 in Germany’s former capital, Bonn.

In 2004 we moved to the vibrant metropolis Berlin. Our antiquarian book shop is presently located on Giesebrechtstraße 18, a charming side street, just off the major Boulevard „Kurfürstendamm“, in Charlottenburg.

We regularly participate at Antiquarian Book Fairs, most recently in Berlin, Leipzig and Munich, and are members of both the “International Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association” (ILAB) and it’s German equivalent, the “Verband deutscher Antiquare”, and as such are obliged to their code of ethics.

“Book collectors do not buy books to read - they buy books because they have read them." (André Gide)

Our Favorites

Walter Benjamin · T. C. Boyle · Albert Camus · Marguerite Duras · Lawrence Durrell · Carl Einstein · Egon Friedell · Hermann Kesten · Mascha Kaleko · Susan Sontag · Traven · Mark Twain · Jakob Wassermann · Aby Warburg · Oscar Wilde · Virginia Woolf · Mark Twain etc.

Diane Arbus · Robert Frank · Gisele Freund · Marcel Duchamp · Dürer · Goya · Heorge Grosz · Edward Hopper · Mike Kelley · Andre Kertesz · Germaine Krull · MAGNUM · Man Ray · Henri Matisse · Bruce Naumann · Barnett Newman – Georgia o’Keefe · Franz Xaver Messerschmidt · Duane Michaels · Piet Mondrian · Martin Munkácsi · Kurt Schwitters – Georges Seurat · Paul Strand · Andy Warhol

New York · Berlin · Forgotten Authors · The Flaneur · Caricature & Satire · Revolutions of World History · The Weimar Republic · Sixties  · Utopia and Science Fiction · Book Cover Design & Dust Jackets etc.

On the history of Giesebrechtstraße 18

In front of our building 21 „Stolpersteine“ (from German, "stumbling stones“) commemorate  jewish tenants who were deported and murdered by the Nazis (see below).

Each Stolperstein contains just enough information about the victims to unleash our imagination about the life that was lost: a name, birth date, and the date and location of deportation and death if it is available.
May we never forget them!

A commemorative plaque, on the front of the building, alludes to one of it’s most famous tenants, the actress and cabaret artist, Grethe Weiser, who lived here from 1954 -1970, and who successfully refused to become a member of the Nazi Party.

Die 21 Stolpersteine vor dem Haus Giesebrechtraße 18 · © Bezirksamt Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
Die 21 Stolpersteine vor dem Haus Giesebrechtraße 18 · © Bezirksamt Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf