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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. PRYNNE, William.

    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...

    £1250

  2. PSALTER,

    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.

    £17500

  3. PSEUDO-HEGESIPPUS.

    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 –...

    £500

  4. 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,...

    £450

  5. [RICHEOME, Louis].

    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...

    £1200

  6. SANDYS, George.

    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.

    £2250

  7. [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...

    £1500

  8. SCHOTT, Gaspar.

    Physica curiosa, sive mirabilia naturae et artis, libris XII. comprehensa, quuibus pleraque, quae de angelis, daemonibus,...

    Würzburg & Nuremberg, Jobst Hertz for Johann Andreas Endter & heirs of Wolfgang Endter, 1667.

    Preferred second edition, considerably expanded, of Schott’s Physica curiosa. As the title suggests, the Physica curiosa contains details on all sorts of oddities: the work begins with a chapter on angels and demons, followed by ghosts, a chapter on man, and a copiously illustrated...

    £2800

  9. STAPLETON, Thomas.

    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.

    £700

  10. 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.

    £800

  11. TUCKER, Josiah.

    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...

    £450

  12. VALIGNANO, Alessandro.

    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...

    £5500

  13. WEIDNER, Paul.

    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.

    £2600

  14. WILKS, Mark.

    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,...

    £300

  15. [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,...

    £950

  16. WOOLMAN, John.

    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...

    £200

  17. Lettres édifiantes et curieuses écrites des missions étrangères, par quelques missionnaires de la Compagnie de Jésus.

    Paris, [variously:] Jean Cusson, Nicolas le Clerc, Jean Barbou, P.G. le Mercier, Boudet, Marc Bordelet, H.L. Guerin, L.F. Delatour, Rualt,...

    A very rare complete first edition set of the enormously significant Lettres édifiantes et curieuses, ‘the most valuable 18th-century source on Jesuit activities in frontier regions throughout the world’ (Hill Collection of Pacific Voyages) and a monument to Jesuit missionary and scientific zeal....

    £16000