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.
PLINY, the Elder.
C. Plini secundi des wijdt-vermaerden natur-kondigers vijf boecken. Handelende van de nature. I. Vande menschen....
Amsterdam, [Christoffel Cunradus for] Joost Hartgers, 1650.
One of several Dutch editions of selections from Pliny’s Natural History to appear in the half-century following the publication of the first Dutch translation in 1610. The present edition, like many of the others, is enlarged to include much information not available to Pliny (the additions are printed...
PLINY, the Younger.
Caii Plinii Caecilii Secundi opera quae supersunt; omnia. Ad fidem optimarum editionum diligenter expressa.
Glasgow, Robert and Andrew Foulis, 1751.
A handsome copy of the Foulis’ quarto edition of Pliny the Younger’s works. They published a duodecimo edition (in three volumes) in the same year.
Altare Christianum: or, the dead Vicar’s Plea. Wherein the Vicar of Gr. being dead, yet speaketh, and pleadeth...
London, Printed by Richard Badger. 1637.
First edition, from the library of Robert Southey, with an ownership inscription an eleven-line note in his distinctive diminutive hand.
[Basel, Henricus Petri, 1567].
Rare first edition of Pomponazzi’s essay On fate, free will, and predestination (De fato… libri V), published posthumously in this collective edition prepared by his pupil Gulielmus Gratarol. Gratarol’s editions of Pomponazzi’s writings were instrumental in divulging the thought of one of the...
L’heureuse benediction des maisons.
Vannes, N. De Lamarzelle, [c.1840].
A wonderful devotional broadside printed in the Breton town of Vannes, comprising a crude woodcut depiction of the scene at Calvary, signed ‘Desloge’ at the base, with two cantiques spirituels. The image is identical to one that appeared in a similar publication, also undated, that appeared in Mourtain...
Supplemento alle osservazioni che l’autore N. N. offerisce al pubblico sopra la condotta del primo ministro di Portogallo...
Lugano [i.e. Venice, Giuseppe Bettinelli], 1761.
A rare anonymous attack on the Osservasioni attributed to the Jesuit Francesco Benincasa regarding the conduct of the Marquis of Pombal towards the Jesuits in Portugal. The author argues, contrary to Benincasa, that the expulsion of the Society from Portuguese territory was not down to the personal hatred...
Dimostrazione dell’ossequio, e rispettosa venerazione, avuta dai ministri di sua santità versa la sagra persona,...
Venice, Antonio Zatta, 1760.
Scarce controversialist work relating to the Jesuits’ expulsion from Portugal, comprising text attributed to the pro-Jesuit cardinal Luigi Maria Torregiani accompanied by a refutation in the form of critical notes attributed to the anti-Jesuit Francisco de Almada e Mendonça, Portuguese envoy to the...
The Antipathie of the English lordly prelacie, both to regall monarchy, and civill unity: or, an historicall collection...
London, Michael Sparke, 1641.
First edition, one of numerous issues in this year, this with ‘oppressions, & anti-monarchicall practices’ in the titles, as opposed to the reverse. Prynne’s pamphlet, written during the anti-Laudian controversy of the Root and Branch Petition of 1641, was ‘a watershed in his career. For...
with Canticles, Pater Noster, Te Deum and Office of the Dead
North-western Italy, perhaps Asti, mid-15th century.
A substantial and attractive office book of Carthusian Use, bearing the medieval ownership inscription of the major charterhouse at Valmanera (Asti) in Piedmont and probably made for them.
De rebus a Iudaeoru[m] principibus in obsidione fortiter gestis, deq[ue] excidio Hierosolymorum, aliarumq[ue]...
Cologne, Jaspar Gennepaeus, 1544.
An early edition of this popular Latin account of the Jewish War of 66-73 AD, with a dedication by Philipp Melanchthon. The text borrows heavily from the Jewish War and Jewish Antiquities of the first-century Jewish historian Josephus, and is attributed in extant manuscripts either to Hegesippus –...
RAMUS, Petrus. (Commentator) - VIRGILIUS MARO, Publius.
Georgica, P. Rami professoris regii praelectionibus illustrata, ad Carolum...
Second editions of Ramus' extensive commentaries on Virgil's two poems on country life, which he wrote in order to react against the dry doctrines of several French schools who based their teaching of nature on Aristotle's physics. He wanted to keep in contact with the concrete realities of nature and...
RICCI, Giovanni and PORTA, Ercolano.
Storia della missione francescana e del Vicariato Apostolico del Hunan meridionale dalle sue...
Bologna, Stabilimenti tipografici riuniti, 1925.
First and only edition of this history of the Franciscan Mission in South Hunan from its establishment to 1924, with particular attention to the persecution of the Christians during the Boxer Rebellion and the following years of restoration and progress of the mission. The appendix comprises letters,...
La vérité defendue pour la religion catholique. En la cause des Iesuites, contre le Plaidoyé d’Antoine...
Toulouse, Veuve de Jacques Colomiez, 1595.
First edition of Richeome’s vindication of the Jesuits against the charges made by Antoine Arnaud in his famous defence of the University of Paris in 1594. Richeome (1544-1625), known as the ‘French Cicero’, was one of the leading French Catholic controversialists of his age and played a crucial...
Satire, dedicate a Settano.
“In Amsterdam, Presso Severo Prothomastix” [Rome, c. 1690].
The literary triumph of the great Baroque painter. This is the true first edition, not to be confused with the reprints and counterfeits. No.1 in Uberto Limentani, Bibliographia della vita e delle opere di Salvator Rosa (Florence, 1995).
A Paraphrase upon the Psalmes of David and upon the Hymnes dispersed throughout the Old and New Testaments …
London … 1636.
First edition, a fine copy of these psalm paraphrases by the poet and adventurer George Sandys (1578-1644) who was hailed by Dryden as ‘the best versifier’ of his age.
[SAVONAROLA]. POLITO, Ambrogio Caterino.
Discorso … contra la dottrina, et le profetie di Fra Girolamo Savonarola.
Venice, Giolito, 1548.
First edition, very rare (‘raro e ricercato’, Bongi), of a condemnation of Savonarola’s theology, doctrine and prophecies by a former Savonarola acolyte, ‘one of the most fiery Catholic polemicists of his times’ (ibid., our translation), who four years earlier had published a...
Richardi Sbrulii equitis Foroiuliani Cesareiq[ue] poete ad magnificu[m] atq[ue] illustrem Maximilianu[m] Seuenbergensem:...
[Colophon:] Augsburg, Hans von Erfurt, 1519.
First, very rare, edition, of Sbruglio’s Latin poems addressed to Maximilianus Transylvanus, published in the year that Charles V became Holy Roman Emperor. A native of Cividale in northern Italy, Sbruglio (c. 1480 – after 1525) studied and taught at Wittenberg (where the rector compared him to Ovid),...
SFORZA, Ludovico, Duke of Milan.
Letters patent granting various castles and lands to Bertrando de’ Rossi, Count of Berceto,...
Milan, 6 October 1496.
A significant document issued during the Italian War of 1494–1498 by Ludovico Sforza (also known as Ludovico il Moro, duke of Milan 1494–1499).
Dodici libri del governo.
Verona, for G. Battista Pigozzo and Andrea de Rossi, 1599 [colophon 1600].
First edition of a rare - and in parts typographically striking - treatise on political science conceived as a comprehensive riposte to Machiavelli’s Prince. Ciro Spontone (1552-1613) wrote his ‘anti-Machiavelli’ whilst serving as secretary to the Duke of Mantua Vincenzo I Gonzaga, with whom he...
Promptuarium Catholicum ad instructionem concionatorum contra haereticos nostri temporis, super omnia evangelia...
Antwerp, Pierre Beller, 1592.
Rare third edition, expanded, of Stapleton’s handbook or ‘storehouse’ of scriptural devotions for Sundays and feast days, first published in 1589. An independent companion volume for the weekdays in Lent was first published in 1594.