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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. ABSTEMIUS, Laurentius (i.e. Lorenzo ASTEMIO, or sometimes BEVILACQUA).

    De quibusdam locis obscuris.

    Venice, Bernardino Benagli, [n. d., but...

    Editio princeps, indeed the only...

    £7000

  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. ALUNNO, Francesco.

    Le ricchezze della lingua volgare sopra...

    Venice, Paulo Gherardo and Comin da Trino,...

    The fourth Venetian edition of Alunno’s...

    £500

  4. ANTIPHONAL,

    Common of Martyrs; a complete folio leaf

    Italy, Bologna, late 13th century.

    Another leaf from the same manuscript with...

    £1800

  5. ANTONINUS OF FLORENCE, Saint.

    Summa theologica [Pars II].

    [Venice, Franciscus Renner de Heilbronn,...

    First edition; a large, crisp copy of a...

    £22000

  6. APULEIUS (Julien FLEURY, editor).

    Lucii Apuleii Madaurensis Platonici philosophi...

    Paris, Frederic Leonard, 1688.

    First Delphin edition of the works of Apuleius,...

    £350

  7. [ARNOLD, Gottfried.]

    Offenhertzige Bekäntniss, welche Bey...

    [N.p., n.p.]Gedruckt im Jahr Christi 1698.

    Very rare first edition of this work by...

    £850

  8. [BARNAUD, Nicolas].

    Le Cabinet du Roy de France, dans lequel...

    [No place or printer], 1581.

    First edition, first issue, of this harsh...

    £850

  9. [BASKERVILLE PRESS.]

    The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration...

    Third and final edition of Baskerville’s...

    £1200

  10. BEAUMONT, Joseph.

    Psyche: or Loves Mysterie in XX. Canto’s:...

    London, Printed by John Dawson for George...

    First edition. Beaumont was one of the...

    £1250

  11. [BENEDETTI, Giovanni Battista.]

    Difesa de’ missionarii cinesi della Compagnia...

    ‘.In Colonia. Per il Berges’, 1700

    First edition of this substantial defence...

    £950

  12. [BIBLE.]

    La Bible, qui est toute la Sainte Escriture...

    London, R. Everingham for R. Bentley and...

    First complete edition of the Bible...

    £5750

  13. BLANCHON, Jacques.

    Iacobi Blanchoni ucessiensis adversus Ludovicum...

    Lyon, Jean de Tournes, 1550.

    First edition of a very rare work of...

    £950

  14. [BOLZANO, Bernard].

    Bolzano’s Wissenschaftslehre und Religionswissenschaft...

    Sulzbach, J.E von Seidels, 1841.

    First edition of this critical summary...

    £600

  15. [BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.]

    La Liturgie. C’est a dire, le formulaire...

    A Londres, pour Jean Dunmore & Octavien...

    First edition of this translation, printed...

    £750

  16. BOOK OF HOURS, Use of Rome.

    Hore intemerate virginis Dei genitricis Marie.

    Paris, Gilles Hardouyn, c. 1515.

    An apparently unrecorded issue of a...

    £12000

  17. [BOUCHER, Jean].

    Apologie pour Iehan Chastel Parisien, execute...

    [Paris?], 1595.

    First edition of Boucher’s pseudonymous...

    £250

  18. BRUNFELS, Otto.

    Precationes Biblicae sanctoru[m] patrum,...

    Strasbourg, Johannes Schott, 1528.

    First edition, rare. The earliest...

    £3800

  19. CADOGAN, William Bromley.

    The Felicity of God’s Children, considered...

    Reading: Printed and Sold by Smart and...

    First edition, a funeral sermon by the...

    £75

  20. CAESAR, Caius Julius.

    Rerum gestarum commentarii XIV … omnia...

    Frankfurt, Georg Rab for Jacopo Strada,...

    First Strada edition of Caesar’s Commentaries,...

    £1650