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.
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.
[Graece et Latine]. Sententie ex thesauris Graecorum delectae... à C. Gesnero... traductae.
Basel, [printed by Oporinus for Froschauer, 1549].
Second, ‘in every respect preferable’ (Dibdin) edition of Gesner’s Stobaeus, acclaimed as ‘the first critical impression of the text of the Florilegium’ (idem), philologically and critically much superior to the first, published in 1543. Gesner’s parallel printing of the Greek...
Via vitae aeternae iconibus illustrata per Boetium a Bolswert.
Antwerp, Martin Nutius, 1620.
First edition, a very clean, attractive copy, of an emblem book which unites the spiritual meditations and practices of the Belgian Jesuit Antoine Sucquet with fine emblematic illustrations devised by the great baroque engraver Boetius a Bolswert (c. 1580-1633), called by Praz ‘the illustrator...
TACITUS, C. Cornelius. (Marcus Zuerius van BOXHORN, editor).
[Opera] Quæ exstant.
Amsterdam, Caspar Commelin, 1664.
Later edition of the complete works of Tacitus edited by Boxhorn, in a fine presentation binding by Gregorio and Giovanni Andreoli, the leading binders in Rome from around 1655 until 1699. Though dubbed the ‘Rospigliosi bindery’ by Hobson after one of its principal patrons (Cardinal Giulio...
Birmingham, John Baskerville, 1772.
Handsome Baskerville 12mo edition of Terence’s comedies, published in the same year as a 4to edition.
(Colophon:) Venice, Aldus, May 1502.
A handsome copy of the first edition of the Greek text of Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War, printed by the great Aldus Manutius, with an interesting provenance.
TOMPSON, John, editor.
English Miscellanies consisting of various Pieces of Divinity, Morals, Politicks, Philosophy and History;...
Gottingen by Abram. Vandenhoeck, Printer and Bookseller to the University 1746.
Second edition, revised, of John Tompson’s important English Miscellanies, expanded to almost twice the size of the first edition, including up-to-date content published since 1737.
Betydande frågor om handelen, wid tilfålle af de motsäjelser, som skedde emot den sista billen, om utlänningars...
Stockholm, Jon. G. Langes [colophon: N. v. Oelreich], 1763.
First Swedish edition, scarce, of this history on the treatment of foreign residents in Britain, Reflections on the Expediency of a Law for the Naturalization of Foreign Protestants (1751–1752). This book comprises only the main body of Part II (1752), ‘Important Queries occasioned by The Rejection...
TYRTAEUS and CALLINUS.
Les chants...traduits en vers par Firmin Didot.
Paris, Firmin Didot, pere et fils, 1827.
One of only 100 copies - all hors de commerce - of this deluxe folio Didot edition of some of the oldest martial elegy verses of the Western tradition: the surviving works of the Spartan poet Tyrtaeus and the Ephesian poet Callinus (7th-6th century BC). The text is preceded by an engraved Lettre...
Advis de la bien heureuse mort de cinq religieux de la Compagnie de Iesus, & d’aucuns autres seculiers,...
Paris, Thomas Brumen, 1584.
Very rare first edition in French of the letter sent by the Italian Jesuit missionary Alessandro Valignano (1539-1606) in late December 1583 to Claudio Acquaviva, the Society’s Superior General, reporting on the deaths of five Jesuit missionaries in the village of Cuncolim in the district of Salcete...
Three signed letters, two of which are autograph and one of which is scribal, to the humanist Piero Vettori.
Florence, 1535, 1553, [n.d].
A unique source for Cinquecento Florence studies: the first edition, the rare first issue complete with the mention of Farnese’s crime on p. 639, of Varchi’s controversial (and therefore unpublished for 200 years) history of Florence, accompanied by a mini-archive consisting of three letters from...
Sententiae Hebraicae ad vitae institutionem perutiles breviter explicatae, et praeclarissimis dictis tam sacrarum...
Vienna, Michael Zimmermann, 1563.
First edition; very rare. A collection of Hebrew proverbs ‘very useful for the regulation of life’, with accompanying translation and commentary in Latin and German.
Athaliah; or the tocsin sounded by modern alarmists: two collection sermons, towards defraying the expense of the...
Norwich, J. March, 1795.
Only edition of these two sermons preached by the Norwich Methodist-turned-Baptist Mark Wilks (1748-1819) to raise money for the three radical publishers and writers newly acquitted of high treason. The climate as it now is, Wilks says, is one where even to use a French phrase is to invite suspicion,...
[WITTENBERG, University of].
Tomus primus disputationum theologicarum, in academia Wittebergensi ab anno 1600 usq[ue] ad 1606 publice...
Wittenberg, Kaspar Heyden, 1625.
A collection of twenty-eight disputations held at the University of Wittenberg by Lutheran theologians and their students between 1600 and 1611. The disputations cover much ground, including the Eucharist, Church councils, canonical scripture, predestination, original sin, Christ’s ascension, the antichrist,...
Serious considerations on various subjects of importance. By John Woolman, of Mount Holly, in the Jerseys, North...
London, Mary Hinde, 1773.
First edition (quire B beginning on p. 7) of this collection of works by John Woolman (1720-1772), the Quaker minister and anti-slavery campaigner, comprising his ‘Considerations on the true harmony of mankind, and how it is to be maintained’, ‘An epistle to the quarterly and monthly meetings of...
De Cyri regis Persarum vita atque disciplina, libri VIII.
Paris, Andreas Wechel, 1572.
First edition of Joachim Camerarius’ Latin translation of Xenophon’s Cyropaedia, a partly fictional work on the life and education of Cyrus the Great which served as a model for medieval and renaissance mirrors of princes, including Machiavelli’s Il Principe. A beautiful...
Βυζαντιναι Μελεται [Byzantine Studies]...
Athens, Christos Nikolaidos, 1857.
First edition. Spyros Zampelios was a champion of the continuity theory in the history of the Greek nation in the crucial decades of the mid nineteenth century, and the first Greek historian to adopt a tripartite examination of historical periods, divided into ancient, medieval and modern Hellenism....