Continental

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Our Continental department specialises in incunabula, Greek and Latin classics, early vernacular imprints, and notable texts from the Renaissance, the Reformation and the early modern era, with a specific section devoted to medieval manuscripts, fragments and illuminations.

We regularly issue lists and catalogues, offering a wide variety of literary, historical and philosophical books printed in Italy, France, Spain, Germany, Switzerland, the Low Countries, Eastern Europe and Russia. Woodcuts, early engravings, notable bindings, notable marginalia, rare manuscript or printed survivals, and books with a remarkable provenance are among our keenest interests, and feature regularly in our stock.

 
  1. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    Momus [or De principe].

    Rome, Jacopo Mazochi, 1520.

    First edition of this political...

    £4600

  2. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    El Momo. La moral e muy graciosa historia...

    Alcalá de Henares, Joan Mey Flandro, 1553.

    First edition in Spanish of Alberti’s...

    £3800

  3. ALBERTI, Leon Battista.

    Hecatomphila che ne insegnia l’ingeniosa...

    Venice, Giovanni Antonio et Fratelli da...

    A combined edition of the Ecatomfila...

    £8000

  4. BLANCHON, Jacques.

    Iacobi Blanchoni ucessiensis adversus Ludovicum...

    Lyon, Jean de Tournes, 1550.

    First edition of a very rare work of...

    £1500

  5. [CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de.]

    Don Quixote Von Mancha, Abentheurliche...

    Basel & Frankfurt, ‘Johann Ludwig du...

    First edition, first issue, of the first...

    £15000

  6. EUCHERIUS, Johannes (pseud.).

    Gratiarum actio. Wirtembergensibus et Tubingensibus...

    Christopoli [i.e. Poznań, J. Wolrab], 1585.

    Very rare early imprint from Poznań, one...

    £800

  7. FISHER, John.

    Sacri sacerdotii defensio contra Lutherum.

    Cologne, [Hero Fuchs for] Peter Quentel, 1525.

    RUPERT, of Deutz. De divinis officiis libri...

    £2750

  8. JUVENAL.

    Satyrae [with commentary by Domizio Calderini].

    Vicenza, Henricus de Sancto Ursio, Zenus, 1480.

    A heavily-annotated copy of the only edition...

    £6000

  9. LUTHER, Martin.

    Eyn Sendbriff … uber die frage. Ob auch...

    [Wittenberg, N. Schirlentz, 1522].

    First edition, rare, of a momentous...

    £2500

  10. [MELANCHTHON, Philipp]. LAGUS, Konrad.

    Oratio de Platone.

    Wittenberg, [J. Klug], 1538.

    Only edition, exceedingly rare (one...

    £5000

  11. MELA, Pomponius.

    Cosmographia, sive De situ orbis.

    [Venice, printer of Pomponius Mela, 1477].

    Second edition, very rare. This is the...

    £35000

  12. MORI, Ascanio de’.

    Giuoco piacevole.

    Mantua, Giacomo Ruffinello, 1575.

    First edition of a rare Renaissance...

    £2750

  13. PAPPUS, Johannes.

    Defensiones duae, quibus D. Ioannis Sturmii...

    Tübingen, Georgius Gruppenbachius, 1580.

    Rare first edition of Pappus’s most important...

    £950

  14. POMPONAZZI, Pietro.

    Opera.

    [Basel, Henricus Petri, 1567].

    Rare first edition of Pomponazzi’s essay...

    £7500

  15. PSEUDO-HEGESIPPUS.

    De rebus a Iudaeoru[m] principibus in obsidione...

    Cologne, Jaspar Gennepaeus, 1544.

    An early edition of this popular Latin...

    £650

  16. [RICHEOME, Louis].

    La vérité defendue pour la religion catholique....

    Toulouse, Veuve de Jacques Colomiez, 1595.

    First edition of Richeome’s vindication...

    £1500

  17. ROSA, Salvator.

    Satire, dedicate a Settano.

    “In Amsterdam, Presso Severo Prothomastix”...

    The literary triumph of the great Baroque...

    £1100

  18. [SAVONAROLA]. POLITO, Ambrogio Caterino.

    Discorso … contra la dottrina, et le...

    Venice, Giolito, 1548.

    First edition, very rare (‘raro e...

    £2500

  19. SBRUGLIO, Riccardo.

    Richardi Sbrulii equitis Foroiuliani Cesareiq[ue]...

    [Colophon:] Augsburg, Hans von Erfurt, 1519.

    First, very rare, edition, of Sbruglio’s...

    £2500

  20. STOBAEUS, Johannes.

    [Graece et Latine]. Sententie ex thesauris...

    Basel, [printed by Oporinus for Froschauer,...

    Second, ‘in every respect preferable’...

    £2250