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.
The old, old Story, in two Parts: Part I. The Story wanted; Part II. The Story told.
London, William Macintosh, 1871.
‘545th thousand’ of an abridged Christian catechism in verse, by the missionary Hankey. The advertisements on the final page offer the same work in a halfpenny edition, an edition with musical notation, a German version, and an edition in William Moon’s type for the blind. The work was also published...
HEBER, Reginald, and Nicolas BARKER (editor).
A Letter from India.
The Roxburghe Club, 2020.
'I do not expect that with fair prospects of eminence at home, you should go to the Ganges for a mitre,’ wrote Sir Charles Watkin Williams Wynn, President of the Board of Commissioners for Indian Affairs, in 1819 to Reginald Heber at Hodnet in Shropshire, but in vain. Despite a growing reputation...
HOMER, and Alexander POPE (translator).
The Iliad of Homer. Translated from the Greek by Alexander Pope, Esq. Philadelphia,...
McCulloch, P. Stuart, 1795.
First American edition of Pope’s rendering of the Iliad. Pope began his reinterpretation of Homer’s epic poem when in his early twenties. Following several years of ‘great pain and apprehensions’, as Pope drafted his text on the backs of letters sent to him and his mother (now preserved...
Meditations de la seconde annee.
[France, c. 1700.]
Apparently unpublished set of meditations for the Sundays in the Liturgical year running from the seventh to the twenty-fourth week after Pentecost, shedding light on tools and practices put in places in the homiletic art. Themes range from reflections on the Eucharist, to consideration on mortality,...
Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie, eight Bookes [Bound with:] Certayne Divine Tractates … London, Printed...
… London: Printed by Will. Stansby, and are to be sold by Mat. Lownes … 1617.
Fourth edition, first issue, of the Preface and Books 1-4 (first published in 1593), third edition of Book 5 (first published in 1597), bound here with the third edition of ‘Certayne Divine Tractates’ (1631), issued with a 1622 general title-page (rather than the usual 1632).
Paris, A. Mesnier [printed by Didot fils with the type cut by Henri Didot], 1828.
A scarce Miniature Book. “One of the typographical wonders and an unsurpassed feat as far as minuteness and beauty of type is concerned” (Spielmann 201).
Quinti Horatii Flacci Opera cum novo commentario ad modum Joannis Bond.
Paris, Didot, 1855.
The deluxe issue of Didot’s Horace, a fine early photographically-illustrated work, complete with all the photographic plates, headpieces and maps, and printed on fine paper.
[HOURS, Use of Rome.]
Hore intemerate dei genitricis virginis Marie secundum usum Romane ecclesie.
Paris, Thielman Kerver, 6 November 1508.
A beautiful Book of Hours of Roman use, unrecorded in any bibliographies, printed at Paris by Thielman Kerver for the Spanish market, with a Spanish prayer at the end which has in this copy been crossed through, along with other passages, by an early censor.
[INDULGENCE.] MILÁ, Luis de, Cardinal.
Letter of Indulgence (in Catalan), incipit ‘A Honor …’ granted...
Lérida, Heinrich Botel, c. 1498.
An incunable indulgence granted by Luis de Mila, Bishop of Lérida, in favour of the living (as opposed to the dead, see below) to gather funds for the repair of the old Cathedral of Lérida, printed at Lérida, the second city of Catalonia, about one hundred miles inland from Barcelona.
Orationes et epistolae gravitatis et suavitatis plenae de Greco in Latinum pridem conversae, nunc recognitae, per Hieronymu[m]...
Paris, Michel de Vascosan, 1553.
A handsome Latin edition of twenty-one works by the Athenian orator Isocrates whose work was highly influential on later education, oratory and writing. Isocrates (436–338 BC) studied under Socrates and the sophists, before establishing a famous school of rhetoric which attracted pupils from...
[JACOBUS DE GRUYTRODE, ascribed author.]
Lavacrum conscientie [omnium sacerdotum].
[Colophon:] Cologne, Heinrich Quentell, 1504.
Rare edition of this popular late medieval treatise widely ascribed to the Carthusian monk Jacobus de Gruytrode (c. 1400–1475). Essentially a handbook for priests, with a significant devotional element, it was first published between 1487 and 1489. According to Theodor Petreius, Bibliotheca Cartusiana...
JUVENAL; Robert STAPYLTON (translator).
Juvenal’s sixteen Satyrs or, a Survey of the Manner and Actions of Mankind. With...
London, Printed for Humphrey Moseley … 1647.
First edition of the first complete translation into English of Juvenal’s satires; the first six satires had been published in 1644 and were slightly revised here.
Almanach des Schocken Verlags auf das Jahr 5695.
Berlin, Schocken Verlag, 1934/35.
Pp. 96-103 contain Kafka’s Aufzeichnungen über eine jüdische Wandertruppe, the description of his meeting with a troupe of Yiddish actors in the Café Savoy in Prague in 1911. This encounter was to have a profound effect on his writing. The passage was later published in an extended version in the...
[KAMES, Henry HOME, Lord].
Grundsaetze der Kritik, aus dem Englischen übersetzt, von Joh. Nikolaus Meinhard. Vienna, Johann Thomas...
Vienna, Johann Thomas Edlen von Trattnern, 1785-6.
A Viennese reprint of the first German translation of the Elements of criticism, by Meinhard with the approval of Lessing, first issued in 1763-66, instrumental in the dissemination and reception of Kames’s aesthetic theories in Germany and a seminal publication in the formation of pre-Romantic aesthetics.
KARG, Stanislaus (pr.), Celso EISENMAN and Eccard HOCHENBAUM (resp.).
Fur theologicè examinatus, & in judicio sacramentali ad...
Munich, Johann Lucas Straub, 1712.
Only edition, rare, of this dissertation on the theological and legal aspects of theft and restitution, presented to the distinguished canon lawyer, and author of the monumental Manuale theologico-canonico-legale practicum, Stanislaus Karg. Divided into four sections, the work examines the nature of...
[KASIC, Bartol, or Bartholomaeus CASSIUS.]
Rituale Romanum Urbani VIII Pont. max. Iussu editum illyrica lingua.
Rome, Congregatio de Propaganda Fide, 1640.
First edition, rare especially as complete with both parts as here, of the first Roman Missal in Croatian, an important association copy from the library of a Prefect of Studies of the Propaganda Fide. The Missal is printed in Shtokavian (or Štokavian), the prestige dialect of the pluricentric...
KERKHERDERE, Jan Gerard.
De situ Paradisi Terrestris ... Praecedit... conatus novus de Cepha reprehenso ex Galatarum secundo capite.
Louvain, Martin van Overbeke, 1729.
First edition. Kerkherdere addresses the question of the location of the Garden of Eden, the earthly Paradise, accompanying his conjecture with a map engraved by P. E. Boultats of Antwerp; the perusal of various sources, geographical studies and toponymic considerations lead the author, an Imperial historian,...
[KRAG, Niels, editor.]
NICOLAUS, of Damascus. Ex Nicolai Damasceni universali historia seu de moribus gentium libris excepta Iohannis...
[?Heidelberg], Pierre de Saint-André, 1593.
First edition thus. Comprises observations on the customs of different peoples (Iberians, Celts, Phrygians, Assyrians, Spartans and so on) from the Augustan historian Nicolaus of Damascus’ Universal history, only fragments of which have come down to us (in this case via Stobaeus). The text is printed...
Breve notitia della traslatione del corpo di S. Paolo Primo Eremita
Rome, Giorgio Placho, 1702.
First and only edition, very rare, of this account of the translation of the remains of St Paul of Thebes, known as Paul, the First Hermit or Paul the Anchorite (third/fourth century), the first Christian hermit. It was compiled by the theologian who would become Prior of one of the most important...
LACTANTIUS, L. Coelius, and Onorato FASCITELLI (editor).
[Opera:] Divinarum institutionum lib. VII, De ira Dei liber...
Lyons, Jean de Tournes and Guillaume Gazeau, 1548.
First edition of Lactantius’ works to be printed by de Tournes and Gazeau, in an attractive contemporary French morocco binding, from the library of André Morellet, a friend of Benjamin Franklin, and translator of Beccaria and Jefferson.