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 a 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 at head 'xxxiiii.' and in blue within gold rectangle in outer margin. Pricking visible.
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 illuminated leaf on vellum probably from a 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).
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,
DATI SQUARCIALUPI Carlo (1669)
All' alteza reale ed elettorale di Federrigo CristianoEnquire
figlio di Federigo Augusto III rè di polonia...che nel suo viaggio per l'Italia dimora nella città di Fiorenza si compiace di dimostrare il suo parziale, ed amorevole genio per le scienze, e buone arti, dedandosi d' osservare con particolare attenzione le librerie più insegni e la galleria medica preso da ciò motivo di lodarlo con alcune composizioni poetiche e presentarli l'orazione panegyrica in lode di Luigi XIV.. da Carlo Dati ... in segno di profondissima venerazione Carlo Dati Squarcialupi nipote del predetto nobil patrizio fiorentino...D.D.D. Manuscript on paper, ff. , the first blank, written on rectos only in a flowing calligraphic hand
DATI, Carlo. Panegirico alla Maesta christianissima di Luigi IXV. re di Francia e di Navarra. , 68pp., Florence:all'insegna della stella, 1669
2 works in volume, Florentine presentation binding of red morocco, the covers and spine elaborately gilt, gilt turn-ins and edges
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.
ALMANACH ROYAL (1746)
Almanach Royal, annee M DCC XLVI. Paris, veuve D'Houry & Le BretonEnquire
8vo (198 x 125mm). 442pp. Contemporary French red morocco, covers with fine ornate floral border roll, central arms of Jean-Francois Joly de Fleury, spine gilt in compartments with central fleur-de-lys stamp, superb gilt decorated endpapers.
NIETZSCHE Friedrich (1886 & 1891)
Also sprach Zarathustra. Ein buch fur Alle und Keinen. . In drei TheilenEnquire
First edition, second issue. 8vo (225 x 115mm). 114, , 103, ;  119, , pp., extra illustrated with a frontispiece portrait supplied from an unidentified source. Modern half blue cloth over marbled paper covered boards, spine lettered in gilt (bottom edge lightly rubbed). Leipzig, E.W. Fritzsch.
[bound with:] Also sprach Zarathustra. Ein buch fur Alle und Keinen. ... Vierter und letzter Theil. Dionysos-Dithyramben.
First trade edition. 8vo. 134, , 21, , pp., frontispiece portrait. Leipzig, C.G. Naumann.
OVIDIUS NASO Publius (1556)
Title within architectural, historiated woodcut border, historiated woodcut initials. Italic type.
8vo (162 x 110mm). 485, pp. Contemporary blind-tooled pig skin over bevelled wooden boards, panelled with fillets and roll with historiated figures of Jael, Debora, Judith and Eve dated 1549, central panel with repeated arabesque roll, spine with three raised bands and simple blind-tooled ornaments, catches intact but lacking clasps (corners bumped, spine and edges darkened).
Basel, Per Henrichum Petri, March 1556.
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 whirls 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.
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 PiferrerEnquire
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
APULEIUS Lucius (1598)
Apuleio dell'asino d'oro. Tradotto per M. Agnolo Firenzuola Fiorentino. Di nuovo ricorretto, e ristampatoEnquire
Woodcut device on title page, with headpieces, ornaments and initials.
Sm. 8vo (147 x 105mm). 266pp. ff. Contemporary limp vellum (vellum discoloured, tear to outer edge of lower cover).
Firenze, Filippo Giunti,
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).
BIBLE, Latin (1579)
Bibliorum codex sacer et authenticus, testamenti utriusque veteris & novi, ex hebraea & graeca veritate, quam proxime ad literam quidem fieri potuit, fidelissime translatus in linguam Latinam. [the OT in the version of Santes Pagninus, and the NT in the version of Theodore Beza, who has also written the preface addressed to Christian Readers]Zurich, Christopher FroschauerEnquire
Fine Froschouer ‘frog’ device on title coloured in red ink wash, 4 woodcut maps (Garden of Eden, the Wanderings of the Jews, Palestine, eastern Mediterranean) and illustrations in text, concentrated in the Old Testament.
4to (245 x 165mm.) , 585, ff, printed in 2 columns. Contemporary binding of vellum over pasteboard, covers once decorated in gilt (now oxidised to black) with a fine ornate centre-piece within a rolled border of columns, floral corners pieces, flat spine decorated in four compartments, yapp edges (lacks silk ties).
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.
ARETINO Pietro ()
Capricciosi & piacevoli Ragionamenti di M. Pietro Aretino (With:) La puttana erranteEnquire
Woodcut printers device on recto of final leaf, ornaments and woodcut initials throughout. Side-notes in italic type.
2 parts in 1 vol. 8vo (160 x 100mm). 541, pp (blank); 38, pp. (final leaf tipped in). Vellum over pasteboard, with overlapping edges, red edges to text block (vellum stained and darkened).
Cosmopoli, 1660 [Amsterdam, Daniel Elzevier,
CATULLUS Gaius Valerius (1515)
Catullus. Tibullus. PropertiusEnquire
Aldus device on title page and verso of final blank. 2-8 line initial spaces, all with guide letters. Italic type.
8vo (147 x 88mm). 148, ff. Vellum over pasteboards, marbled front and rear paste-downs, with title inked direct onto spine (extremities a little bumped).
Venice, In Aedibus Aldi et Andreae Soceri, March
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.
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.
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.
BIBLE New Testament, German (1528)
Das New Testame[n]t, so durch L. Emser saelige vteuscht : vnd des Durchlewchte Hochgeborne Furste vn Herre George hertzogen zu Sachssen.Leipzig, Valentin SchumanEnquire
(Bound with:) Annotationes des hochgelerten und Christlichen doctors Hieronymi Emßers seligen/ über Luthers new Testament/ und dem newen Testament/ so Emßer verteuschet hat/ durch ein ineinander verzeychnung angeknöpfft.
(Freiberg, Johannes Faber) 1529
I. Title with fine woodcut with arms of Saxony, repeated on f. 10r and verso of final leaf of pt. 2, Register in red and black, woodcut shields on f. 24v, half-page woodcut of Emser kneeling before Christ (repeated twice), 11 full-page woodcuts (one repeat) and 21 large woodcuts for the Apocalypse; large ornamental woodcuts and initials.
8vo (152 x 102mm). 25 (lacks blank), CCLII, CCXI, ff; 140ff. Late 16th century blind-tooled pigskin over bevelled wooden boards, panelled with outer border of medallion heads and foliage, inner panel of ornamental rolls, clasps and catches intact.