Continental

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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. APULEIUS (Julien FLEURY, editor).

    Lucii Apuleii Madaurensis Platonici philosophi...

    Paris, Frederic Leonard, 1688.

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

    £350

  2. BASIL, Saint, and Janus CORNARIUS (editor).

    [Opera, Greek] Απαντα τα...

    Basel, Hieronymus Froben and Nicolaus...

    Editio princeps of St. Basil’s...

    £3200

  3. BENTLEY, Richard.

    A Dissertation upon the Epistles of Phalaris,...

    London, Printed by J. Leake, for Peter...

    First edition, the separate issue, of what...

    £750

  4. BEVER, Thomas.

    The History of the legal polity of the...

    London, Strahan and Cadell, 1781.

    Sole edition of a legal history conceived...

    £1500

  5. [CICERO, Marcus Tullius.]

    Commentarii Philippicarum Marci Ciceronis...

    Paris. Thomas Caseus for Jean Petit, [1514].

    Rare edition, attractively printed and...

    £950

  6. CORNELIUS NEPOS.

    Cornelii Nepotis vitae excellentium imperatorum,...

    Amsterdam, J. Wetstein, 1745.

    An uncommon pocket edition of Cornelius...

    £125

  7. DASSIER, Jean and Jacques-Antoine.

    ‘An Explanation of Dassier’s Medals...

    London, c. 1795-1800.

    An exceptionally fine illustrated manuscript,...

    £8500

  8. DIOGENES LAERTIUS, [and Henri ESTIENNE (editor)].

    Περι βίων, δογμάτων και...

    [Geneva,] Henri Estienne, 1570.

    First Estienne edition of The Lives...

    £1400

  9. EPICTETUS.

    To tou Epiktetou encheiridion. Ex editione...

    Glasgow, Foulis, 1751.

    The first miniature Foulis edition of...

    £900

  10. FREEMAN, Arthur.

    Catullus Carmen 17.6 and Other Mysteries....

    London, The Author, 2020.

    This partly historical, partly philological...

    £15

  11. GAY, John.

    Achilles. An Opera. As it is perform’d...

    London: Printed for J. Watts ... 1733.

    First edition of Gay’s last ballad...

    £400

  12. GIBBON, Edward.

    The history of the decline and fall of...

    London, printed for W. Strahan & T. Cadell,...

    First editions of all six volumes of...

    £14000

  13. HOMER.

    [Opera] Homeri quae extant omnia: Ilias,...

    Basel, [colophon: ‘ex officina Hervagiana’]...

    First edition of Jean de Sponde’s...

    £1250

  14. HOMER, and Alexander POPE (translator).

    The Iliad of Homer. Translated from the...

    McCulloch, P. Stuart, 1795.

    First American edition of Pope’s rendering...

    £850

  15. HORACE.

    Opera omnia.

    Paris, A. Mesnier [printed by Didot fils...

    A scarce Miniature Book. “One of the...

    £600

  16. HORACE.

    Quinti Horatii Flacci Opera cum novo commentario...

    Paris, Didot, 1855.

    The deluxe issue of Didot’s Horace,...

    £900

  17. [KRAG, Niels, editor.]

    NICOLAUS, of Damascus. Ex Nicolai Damasceni...

    [?Heidelberg], Pierre de Saint-André, 1593.

    First edition thus. Comprises observations...

    £300

  18. LACTANTIUS, L. Coelius, and Onorato FASCITELLI (editor).

    [Opera:] Divinarum institutionum lib. VII,...

    Lyons, Jean de Tournes and Guillaume Gazeau,...

    First edition of Lactantius’ works...

    £1500

  19. LAFFREY.

    ‘Abregé de l’histoire ancienne avec...

    C. 1760s.

    A charming manuscript summary of ancient...

    £750

  20. LUCRETIUS.

    De rerum natura libri sex.

    Paris, Hiérosme de Marnef and Guillaume...

    Rare pocket edition of Lucretius, a...

    £600