Continental and Illuminations
The Continental Department at Maggs specialises in books, manuscripts and illuminations from across Europe. We continue to produce at least one full colour catalogue each year.
The Department’s books are from the earliest years of printing - in the second half of the 15th century - up until the beginning of the 19th. We are experts in books printed in France, Germany, Italy, the Low Countries and Switzerland but also try to find books from the Iberian peninsular, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
PLATT Thomas Pell (1823)
A catalogue of the Ethiopic manuscripts in the Royal library of ParisEnquire
and in the library of the British and Foreign Bible Society, etc.
4to , 84, , text in Ethiopic & English types, last leaf with errata, folding frontispice, original boards
London: R. Watts. Sold by Treuttel, Würtz, and Co., [and others]
A illuminated leaf on vellum from an illuminated Missal [Rouen, c. 1425-1450]Enquire
Fine 4-line initial in gold and colours with white tracery, three further 2-line initials, gold bar border, fine ivy-leaf border on three sides.
Size of leaf: 325 x 225mm. 26 lines, double columns. Foliated in blue and gold 'l.xix.' at head and in outer margin in blue within gold rectangle. Pricking visible.
FLEMISH ARTIST (1500])
A kneeling Dominican nun, a full leaf on vellum probably from an illuminated prayerbook.[Low Countries (probably Belgium), cEnquire
Size: 148mm. by 96mm.
Full-page miniature with a kneeling nun in Dominican habit, her hands pressed together in prayer and her eyes focussed on a point on the facing page (presumably the beginning of the text), in a rural scene with delicate flowers and tufts of grass, and a series of late medieval walls, buildings, a stream and a wooded hill in the background, a coat-of-arms hanging by a red leather strap with gold buckle on the tree to the left: coupé gules and or, a bird argent in the upper compartment, all within a striking border of deep blue with liquid gold hairstrokes picking out a column and an arch (some minor flaking of paint with only significant losses to the hem of her habit, laid down on nineteenth-century paper).
RONCHI Marco Aurelio (1611)
Ad . . . Cosimum II Magnum Etruriae ducem quartum epitreptica oratioEnquire
4to (203 x 150mm.) 14, pp., last leaf blank, woodcut Medici arms on title-page, large woodcut initial and tail-piece, head-piece of typographical fleurons, modern wrappers
Rome: B. Zanetti,
Almanach dedié aux Dames pour l'an 1826. Paris, de l'Imprimerie de Jules Didot ainéEnquire
Engraved title-page and 6 engraved plates along with the engraved "souvenir" which includes twelve vignettes and space for notes for each month of the year. 12mo. 73 x 112mm. pp. xxvi, 152, xii. With browning and spotting throughout, in contemporary purple cloth boards with decorative gilt borders and spine, slightly bumped, with gilt edges and matching slip case which is sunned and bumped with cloth coming away a little at the sides. Otherwise very good.
An illuminated leaf on vellum from an English Psalter. [Southern England, first half 15th century]Enquire
Large 7-line initial 'D' in very fine leafy design in blue and pink and orange with white tracery on burnished gold grounds supporting bar borders in gold and colours with clumps and whorls of coloured leaves at intervals and at each corner; 1-line initials in blue or burnished gold, line-fillers in gold and colours.
Size of leaf: 272 x 182mm. 22 lines, written space: 187 x 117mm. Written in dark brown ink in a large compressed gothic liturgical hand.
WITEKIND, monk of Corbie fl. 966 (1599)
Annales . . . editi de fide codicis manuscripti, & e publicato exemplari alicubi aucti . . . studio & opera Reineri Reineccii Steinhemii. Frankfurt, ex typographica And. WecheliEnquire
Woodcut printer's device on title, ornamental woodcut initials, ornamental head-piece. Sm. folio. ff. 71pp. Boards.
Apanta ta tou Platwnov. Omnia opera (ed. Marcus Musurus). Venice, Aldus Manutius, SeptemberEnquire
Aldus’ device on title and verso of last leaf
Super-chancery folio (301 x 193mm.) 2 parts [32 (last leaf blank)], 502, [2(blank)]; 439, ff. Greek and Roman type. Paris binding by Claude de Picques ca. 1566, brown calf sides with gilt fillets forming a narrow border painted black, hatched arabesque corner pieces, central hatched cartouche with arms of Jacques Malenfant [Olivier 1000] and Greek motto anw kai mh katw , surrounded by a shaped compartment formed by gouges and small hatched tools, gilt edges, rebacked in the 18th century for Duke of Grafton, with his cypher in one compartment. $150,000
RAPO Y FONT Rafael 1651-1710 (1707)
Apollineum Majoricense bellum contra febres perniciosas... continent tractatum unicum, quaestiones vero quatuor.[Palma de] Mallorca: propriis avthoris svmpthibus in regali conventu Sancti Dominici cuditum : vendense en el mismo convento, y en Barcelona en casa de Iuan Piferrer,Enquire
4to , 326p., 2 columns, leaf of errata in prelims., contemporary Spanish vellum lettered in ink on spine, ties,, small tear in last leaf (not affecting text), signature on title-leaf eaten into paper
BOUCHER Jean (1595)
Apologie pour Jean Chastel Parisien, executé à mort, et pour les pères & escholliers, de la Societé de Iesus, bannis du royaume de France: contre l'arrest de parlement, donné contre eux a Paris, le 29 Decembre, 1594 . . . par François de Verone ConstantinEnquire
8vo (143 x 93mm.) ff. 243 [i.e. 253]pp. f. 18th-century French binding of olive morocco, flat spine gilt, last leaf somewhat soiled
SALVIANI Ippolito (1554)
Aquatilium animalium historiae, liber primus. Rome, Hippolyto Salviano, (colophon: January 1558)Enquire
Fine engraved architectural title-page incorporating a portrait of the author and the arms of his patron Marcello Cervini, 98 engravings (numbered 1-53, 55-99; number 54 omitted in all copies) of fish and marine animals on 81 full-page plates, printer's device on final leaf.Large folio. (430 x 280mm.). , 256ff. 17th century vellum over pasteboards (spine heavily worn, cracked at joints and defective, corners frayed).
CHYTRAEUS David (1584)
Articulorum symboli apostolici de filio dei domino nostro Iesu Christi... Explicatio ex praelectionibus Davidis Chytraei collecta, & edita a Ioanne Fredero. Wittenberg, excusa per haeredes Ioan. Cratonis, 1584. [Bound with:] De baptismo et eucharistia, ex praelectionibus Davidis Chytraei excepta. Wittenberg, edita per Zachariam LemanumEnquire
Some greek and hebrew letter, woodcut intials and ornaments in both works.8vo. (163 x 102mm). f. 343pp.; f. 1-156pp. ff. (blank). f. 157-534pp. ff. (last 3 blank). Contemporary vellum, spine gilt ruled in compartments, central gilt floral stamp in each, ink titles at head of spine.
VICO Enea ((1619))
Augustarum imagines . . . Paris, apud Macaeum Ruette, 1619. [Bound with:] Ex libris XXIII commentariorum in vetera imperatorum romanorum numismata. Paris, [n.p.], 1619. Discorso sopra le medaglie de gli antichi. Paris, appresso Maceo RuetteEnquire
I: Fine engraved title-page and 63 full-page engraved plates, woodcut coins in text. II: Fine engraved title-page, full-page plate incorporating bust of Julius Caesar and 8 full-page plates of coins.3 works in one vol. 4to. ff. 192pp. ff. ; 130pp. ff.; 112pp. ff. 18th century half-calf, marbled boards, flat spine with labels lettered in gilt.
GARGIARIA Battista (1569?])
Aureum caelimundium, seu liber de caelo et mundoEnquire
Aurea descriptio mundialis... aedita annis ab octuagesima constitutione mundi, quinque millibus, & septingentis nonagintaseptem , regnante eodem domino.
folio (260 x 200mm). XXX, , XXX1-XLIIII, , Bologna device with motto 'libertas non bene pro toto venditur auro' on title-page, penultimate leaf with errata (recto) and 'peroratio', last leaf blank, 20 8-line woodcut initials, antique style calf-backed marbled boards, red morocco label. [Bologna?
CESARINI Alessandrol Cardinal, d. 1542
Autograph letter signed by Cardinal CesariniEnquire
Document on paper (298 x 216mm.). Two folded pages; letter on first page, 13 lines, written in an italic hand. On the final side the letter is addressed: "Al . . . Car. de Carpi legato della marcha".Dated Rome, 29 April 1540.
ITALIAN THEATRE (1589)
AVANZI (Gio. Maria). Il satiro. Venice, Gio. Batt. Sessa & fratelli, 1587. [Bound with]: VIDA (Gieronimo). Filliria favola boscareccia. Venice, heirs of Marchio Sessa, 1587. [with]: LOMBARDI (Bernardino). L'alchimista. Venice, heirs of Marchio Sessa, 1586. [and]: BORGHINI (Raffaelo). La donna costante. Heirs of Marchio SessaEnquire
Cat device of the Sessa printing family on each title-page.4 works in one. 12mo. 19th century sprinkled German boards, label of the Counts of Schönborn pasted on front cover.
SABATIER DE CASTRES Antoine, l'abbe (1769)
Betsi, ou les bisarreries du destin. Amsterdam & Paris, chez Arksté & Merkus, chez de Hansy le jeuneEnquire
2 vols in one. xii, 254pp. f. (blank); ff. 266pp. Contemporary marbled calf, spine gilt in compartments, red morocco label (spine defective at head, rubbed).
BIRCHEROD Jens, Bishop of Aalborg (1704)
Breviarium equestre seu de... equestri ordine elephantino ejusq;origine, progressu,ac splendore hodierno tractatus, collectus ex antiquis diplomatibus... praecipue autem ex... manuscripto Iuari Hertzolmii codice, etc.Copenhagen: ex reg. majest. & universit. typographeoEnquire
folio (350 x 240mm.) , 104, [2(errata)]p., 14 numbered full-page plates (I-XIV; one folding), engravings in text, engraved head-piece on p. 1, contemporary calf, spine gilt
Canones concilii provincialis Coloniensis... celebrati anno 1536. Quibus adiectum est Encheridion christianae institutionis.Cologne, QuentelEnquire
Title within an elaborate armorial woodcut border with some letters coloured, large woodcut of the Crucifixion on K2verso (partly coloured), small armorial woodcut on K4recto, woodcut initials, rubricated from f. I-LXXI.
Folio (322 x 200mm.) ff. , I -XLVII, , XLVIII- CCCXIII, pp. 17th-century French smooth calf, gilt panels on covers with armorial corner-pieces,, spine with raised bands, compartments gilt with arms/monogram.
PANIGAROLA Francesco Bp. of Asti (1597)
Cento ragionamenti sopra la passione di N. Signore. Venice, Pietro DusinelliEnquire
Printer's device on title-page, ornamental woodcut initials.8vo. (165 x 110). ff. "684" [i.e. 704]pp. Contemporary decorative limp vellum binding, very large decorative ornament in centre of sides, decorative corner-pieces, 2-line gilt fillet, name of author written across spine (two tiny pieces of vellum missing from front cover, slight wear to tope edge of lower cover).
BARING Daniel Everard (1737)
Clavis diplomatica, tradens specimina veterum scripturarum, nimirum alphabeta varia, compendia scribendi medii aevi, notariorum veterum signa nonnulla curiosa, una cum alphabeto instrumenti et abbreviaturis, singula tabulis aeneis exhibita. Hanover, heirs of N. ForsterEnquire
Engraved arms on title-page of George II of England (the dedicatee), 32 engraved plates (one folding) showing ancient scripts, woodcut figures (alphabets), head- and tail-pieces. 4to. ff. 112pp. f. 80pp. f. Contemporary vellum.
CAMERS Joannes (1557)
Commentaria in C. Iulii Solini polyhistora. Lucii Flori de Romanorum rebus gestis, libros . . . praeterea Pomponii Melae de orbis situ libri tres, cum commentariis Ioachimi Vadiani. Basle, Henricus PetriEnquire
Woodcut coat-of-arms of Vadian on p. 222 of second part, small ornamental woodcut initials, printer's device at end.2 parts in one. Folio. ff. "478" [i.e. 476]pp. ff. "297" [i.e. 299]pp. Contemporary limp vellum.
CAPELLA Galeazzo Flavio (1539)
Commentarii . . . delle cose fatte per la restitutione di Francesco Sforza Secondo Duca di Milano. Tradotte di Latino in lingua Toscana per M. Francesco Philipopoli Fiorentino. Venice, apud Ioannem Giolitum de FerrariisEnquire
Woodcut Giolito device on title-page and verso of otherwise blank last leaf, fine historiated initials.4to. ff. LXXXVI  ff. 19th century half-vellum over boards, red morocco label.
BUDE Guillaume (1548)
Commentarii linguae Graecae... ab eodem accuratè recogniti, atque amplius tertia parte aucti. Paris, ex officina Roberti Stephani typographi RegiiEnquire
Fine Estienne device on title-page, greek letter.Folio. 1109pp. ff. 19th century marbled calf, gilt ornamental border on covers, spine richly gilt in compartments (head and foot of spine and joints worn, some marks on covers).
CAMERARIUS Joachim (1551)
Commentarii utriusque lingua, hoc est, diligens exquisitio nominum, quibus partes corporis humani appellari solent . . . additis et functionum nomenclaturis, & aliis his accidentibus. Basle, Joannes HervagiusEnquire
Printer's woodcut device at beginning and end, two large historiated woodcut initials, woodcut diagram on verso of H1.Folio. ff. 498 cols. ff. 19th century calf-backed marbled boards.
Comoediae Novem. Venice, Aldus ManutiusEnquire
Kwmwdéiai ennéea. Comoediae novem (with scholia, ed. Marcus Musurus) Venice: Aldus Manutius, 15 July 1498
Folio (323 x 212mm). ff, f. k8 and T6 blank (here lacking), 42 lines, Greek type and Roman type (Gk. 1; Gk 2) 18th century Dutch? red morocco, spine titled in gilt (binding rubbed, spine lightly faded)
TERENTIUS AFER Publius (1584)
Comoediae sex ... Terentij vita ex Aelio Donato. Argumenta... Annotationes in margine adscriptae [etc.] Venice: G. GriffioEnquire
Gryphius' device on title-page, half-page portrait of writer at his desk and woodcut illustration repeated at beginning of each play of an actor addressing an audience, woodcut initials. Sm. 8vo. 175 ff. (lacking final blank). 19th century half-calf, marbled boards.
[Comoediae sex]. Paris, ex officina Rob. Stephani, 1540 (colophon: JanuaryEnquire
Estienne's olive tree device on title-page (Shreiber no. 4).12mo (108 x 60mm) ff (last blank). Early 17th century vellum, covers and spine panelled with two sets of double gilt fillets, central panel with fleuron tools at each corner.
PLAUTUS Titus Maccius (1511)
Comoediae XX. Venice, Lazarus Soardus, 14 AugustEnquire
Woodcut title-border, full-page woodcut of an actor addressing an audience on aa10v, 316 composite scene woodcuts, and white-on-black printer's device at end, woodcut initials throughout.
Folio (312 x 210mm). CCXXVIII, CLXXXIX ff.(lacks final blank). 18th century calf, covers panelled with blind fillets and a large ornamental roll, spine gilt in compartments, r.e. (light wear to extremities, one or two small wormholes to the spine).
NATTA Marc' Antonio (1588)
Consiliorum sive responsorum tomi quatuor. Frankfurt, Sigismund FeyerabendEnquire
An elaborate almost full-page ornamental woodcut on title-page (by Jost Amman?), large woodcut arms of the dedicatee, six large ornamental woodcut printer's devices (two of them signed by Jost Amman), numerous ornamental woodcut initials and head-pieces.4 parts in one vol. Thick folio. Contemporary German blind-panelled pigskin, large arabesque ornament in centre of sides, ornamental roll-tooled borders, vellum ties (sides a little rubbed).
NEPOS Cornelius (1504))
Cornelius Nepos. De vita Catonis. senioris [.] Sextus. Aurelius de vitis caesarum [.] Benevenutis. Imolensis. De eadem.re [i.e. Libellus augustalis, all ed. L. Abstemius.](Fano: G. Soncino, 25 FebruaryEnquire
8vo (150 x 90mm.) ff. , 30 lines to a full page, 3-line initial spaces (most with guide letters), modern calf
RÜMKER Christian Karl Ludwig (1844-62)
CORRESPONDENCE OF CHRISTIAN KARL LUDWIG RÜMKER (1788-1862) & JOHN LEE (1783-1866) WITH SOME CORRESPONDENCE 1844-62 LETTERS FROM GEORGE WILHELM FRIEDRICH RÜMKER (1832-1900)Enquire
A collection of 90 letters with some astronomical calculations, mostly relating to astronomical observations from Hamburg, with some from Lisbon (whither he went in March 1857 for health reasons), but with one document relating to the sale of lands at Picton in Australia (dated September 1844), between Karl Rümker and the English gentleman and amateur astronomer John Lee of Hartwell, Buckinghamshire, mostly addressed to him in London at Doctors’ Commons. Some of the letters are clearly copies There is one letter from Rümker’s wife written after his death (21 December 1862, detailing the circumstances of his demise in Lisbon. The letters (13) from George Rümker, illegitimate son of CKL Rümker date from between 1848 and 1854 and are written from the Observatories at Durham and Oxford. The letters are all endorsed in a small neat hand (Lee’s) with details of sender and date etc. The letters whilst of technical interest also have much else to interest, such complaints about the exorbitant charges of the bookseller Asher in Berlin for sending books, accounts of the breaking of Rümker’s telescope in Lisbon, and so on. There is also a copy of ‘Articles of agreement …13 september 1844 between Charles Louis Rümker of Hamburg the Vendor of the first part, Adolphus William Young of Sydney… and William Lumsdaine of Sydney the purchaser of the third part’ concerning the sale of land and dwelling at Picton, Australia. One of the letters refers to the ‘equatorial telescope’ at Hartwell House. The family papers of Lee are in the British Library (Add. MSS. 47490-93), together with a number of items from the Lee collections (including one Arabic manuscript), but there are also papers in the Bodleian, and in other institutions from Canada to Australia. There are also 2 other items, one printed (a pastoral letter dated 1849 from Thomas Darling addressed to the parishioners of St. Michael Paternoster & St Martin Vintry), and the other the passport dated 5 November 1864 of Mr. Reuben Townroe ‘going to France, Italy and Austria on the Public Service.’ Reuben Townroe (1835-1911) was born in Sheffield He worked as an assistant to Godfrey Sykes on the architectural decorations for the South Kensington Museum (V&A) and completed these after the latter's death in 1866. In later years he worked as a modeller of brickwork and a draughtsman.
CRONICA DE JUAN II (1779)
Cronica del senor Juan, segundo de este nombre en Castilla y en Leon. Valencia, Benito MontfortEnquire
Engraved vignette on title-page, larger vignette head-piece at beginning of text with portrait of Henry III, after Rafael Ximeno.Folio. f. XX, 636pp. Contemporary vellum, morocco label.
MARCOS DA LISBOA , Bp. of Oporto (1581)
Croniche de gli ordini instituiti dal P.S. Francesco, che contengono la sua vita la sua morte, i suoi miracoli, e din tutti i suoi sancti discepoli, & compagni... Parma, nella stamperia di Erasmo ViottiEnquire
2 vols. bound in one. 4to. ff. 395pp.; ff.(last blank). Contemporary vellum, later label on spine.
De bello civili libri decem. Eiusdem vita in fine operis . . . Paris, ex officina Rob. StephaniEnquire
Estienne's device on title-page. 8vo. 273pp. ff. Early 19th century diced calf, narrow ornamental gilt border, by Simier, relieur du roi, decorative flat spine gilt (joints a little rubbed).
APPIANUS of Alexandria (1538)
De civilibus Romanorum bellis historiarum libri quinque [with:] PATERCULUS (Caius Velleius) Historiae Romanae duo volumina. Paris, ex officina Michaelis VascosanEnquire
Both titles with Vascosan's "Prelum Ascensianum" device (from Jodocus Badius Ascensius) with Badius' fine architectural title-border with cherubs and medallions. Part two with ornamental woodcut strip of flowers and insects similar to Geoffroy Tory's "moderne" borders; Badius' large satyr initial "S", seven of the large initials designed by Oronce Finé.Two parts in one vol. Folio. ff. 283pp.; ff. 41pp. (lacks final blank).Contemporary vellum over paste-board (head and foot of spine restored).
BOETHIUS Anicius Manlius Severinus (1700)
De consolatione philosophiae. FranceEnquire
[Begins] p.1: Premier Liure. Vers Autrefois dana la felru de mon âge, & dans le sort de mes Etudes... [End] p. 555 'puis qu'il conoit que ce qui doit arriuer, n'en est pas pour cela plus sujet à une necessité absoluë et indispensable.
8vo (185 × 125 mm.) MANUSCRIPT ON PAPER ff. [4(blank)], 555, (pp. 462-3 repeated in pagination), ff.[4 (blank)], 17 lines to a page, written in a single elegant hand, in brown ink, binding of contemporary French red morocco, single gilt fillet to covers, spine in compartments with each panel ruled in gilt, gilt and marbled edges, inner edge gilt (top panel of spine expertly replaced and upper joint restored, a few minor marks to covers).
MUDEE Gabriel (1587)
De contractibus quatuor digestorum tituli facile praecipui . . . in quibus accesserunt inhac nova editione eiusdem Mudaei absolutissimi commentarii, nunquam antehac in lucem editi, in titulos item. Frankfurt, S. Feyerabend, 1586. [Bound with]: ALVAROTUS (Jacobus). Lectura in usus (feodorum) . . . editio novissima. Frankfurt, S. FeyerabendEnquire
Each title-page in red and black, large woodcut printer's device at beginning and end of each volume, ornamental initials and head-pieces, large woodcut arms in second work.2 works in one volume. Thick folio. ff. 620pp. ff. (last blank) 292 (last blank)ff. Contemporary blind-panelled pigskin, ornamental roll-tooled outer border interspersed with medallion heads, large arabesque ornament in centre of sides, original vellum ties (lower pair broken off, a little worn).