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.
Missae episcopales pro sacris ordinibus conferendis, secundum ritum sacrosanctae Romanae Ecclesiae …
Venice, [(colophon:) heirs of Lucantonio] Giunta, 1563.
A handsome Giunta pontifical with episcopal provenance, printed in red and black with extensive woodcut illustration and splendidly preserved in a striking and strictly contemporary painted and tooled binding for the archbishop of Lyons, Antoine d’Albon.
The second Epistle of the second Book of Horace, imitated by Mr. Pope.
London, R. Dodsley, 1737.
First edition, the issue (presumably early) with the footnote on p. 12 misnumbered ‘16’ for 15.
The sixth Epistle of the first Book of Horace imitated.
London, L. Gilliver, 1737.
First edition. Foxon P965; Rothschild 1638; Griffith 476.
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...
De orbis terrae concordia libri quatuor, multiiuga eruditione ac pietate referti, quibus nihil hoc tam perturbato...
[Basel, Johannes Oporinus, 1544.]
First edition of all four books of Postel’s vision of the unity of the world. The first book had been printed privately in Paris the previous year while approval of the Sorbonne theologians was awaited. When that was not granted, Postel had the work printed by his friend Oporinus in Basel.
The new and complete Family Prayer-Book, or Church of England Man’s Divine Library: being an universal Illustration,...
London: Printed for Alex. Hogg … [1784-5.]
First edition thus, rare, published in 36 weekly parts, each originally accompanied with an illustration, and now correctly bound according to the complicated ‘Directions to the Binder’ at the end. Wright’s exhaustive compilation, with notes and commentary on each page, assembled calendars,...
PRESENT FOR THE YOUNG (A).
London: Printed for The Religious Tract Society … and sold at their Depository … also by J. Nisbet...
First edition. A finely illustrated anthology of religious verse, contemplations, and prayers for children. Pieces include poems on the seasons and stories about a Welsh Shepherd, and ‘The Hill and the Valley’, all with heavily metaphorical content.
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...
The whole Booke of Psalmes, collected into English Meter by Tho. Strenhold, Jo. Hopkins, W. Whittingham, and others …...
London, Printed by T. C[otes] for the Company of Stationers, 1637.
A very attractive pocket psalm-book with tunes, ruled in red throughout and in a handsome binding. Such diminutive psalm books began to appear at the end of the sixteenth-century, printed for the Company of Stationers, who had the monopoly. The printer here was Thomas Cotes, most famous as printer...
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 –...
The last General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland.
[Edinburgh, T. Pursey, 1900.]
A photographic tour-de-force, assembling many hundreds of individual photographic portraits neatly incorporated into a painted scenario, and then reproduced as a photogravure, depicting all the attendees of the last General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland, held in May 1900. Evidently a...
Guillaume Postel (1510–1581).
A catalogue of a collection of the works of the Renaissance scholar and Arabist, Guillaume Postel. ‘Not only does it include editions of quite exceptional rarity, to be found in few libraries on either side of the Atlantic, but it illustrates every moment of Postel’s extraordinary career and...
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...
RAMUS, Petrus (Pierre de la RAMÉE).
Liber de militia C. Julii Caesaris, cum praefatione Joannis Thomae Freigii.
Frankfurt, Andreas Wechel, 1584.
An attractively bound copy of Ramus’s uncommon treatise on Caesar’s military tactics, with unusual edge decoration.
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...
ROSS, Alexander (editor).
Πανσεβεια, or a View of all Religions in the World, with the several Church-Governments,...
London, John Williams, 1672.
Fourth edition of Ross’s Pansebeia and third of the Apocalypsis. A quarrelsome Aberdonian cleric most memorable for dismissing the works of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Harvey, and Hobbes, Alexander Ross (1591–1654) published in 1653 his Pansebeia, a study of the religions...
SACCARELLI, Carl’ Antonio.
Vita della beata Giovanna Francesca Fremiot di Chantal fondatrice della Visitazione di Santa Maria …
Rome, Bernabò and Lazzarini, 1751.
First edition of this abridged biography of Jeanne-Françoise Frémiot, Baronne de Chantal, the founder of the order of the Visitation of Holy Mary, based on Saccarelli’s more extensive work of 1734.
[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),...