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Continental Books & Illuminations Browse All Titles

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. Particular areas of interest include incunabula, Greek and Latin classics, humanist and Reformation works, as well as important historical, philosophical and literary works. Books illustrated with woodcuts, etchings, engravings and lithographs are keenly sought as are examples of fine printing, binding and interesting provenance.

Manuscript fragments from before the 1000 AD are occasionally discovered but we generally have a good stock of illuminations, text leaves and some codices from the 11th to 16th centuries, mostly liturgical and devotional in content but also including theological, classical and mediaeval texts.