Continental Literature and History

Continental printing, covering rare books of religious, historical and literary interest printed in continental Europe, remains perhaps one of the most venerable areas of rare book collecting. Forum Auctions' Continental Literature and History department oversees the auctioning of books from the incunabular period (books printed before 1501) and finely printed antiquarian books from the 16th, 17th & 18th centuries, through to finely bound and often illustrated limited editions of the 19th & 20th century. Covering European history from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and the Enlightenment to the Napoleonic era and beyond, Forum's Continental Literature and History auctions appeal to a broad range of collectors, from private individuals through to institutional buyers.

Our Continental Printing Specialists have many years of experience in this field and are available to provide valuations and advise best path to market for any Rare Continental Literature and History books you may have, as well as advise on probate and insurance valuations for single items or collections. Please view the Experts section below for more information.

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Rupert Powell

Rupert Powell

Deputy Chairman, International Head of Books

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Dido Arthur

Dido Arthur

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Justin Phillips

Justin Phillips

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Max Hasler

Max Hasler

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Rhiannon Spence

Rhiannon Spence

Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Hester Malin

Hester Malin

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Cosima Benson-Colpi

Cosima Benson-Colpi

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Lydia Gardner

Lydia Gardner

Junior Specialist, Books and Works on Paper

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Leo Hessian

Leo Hessian

Trainee Cataloguer, Books and Works on Paper

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Simon Luterbacher

Simon Luterbacher

Consultant, Books and Works on Paper

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What is 'Incunabula'?
Incunabula, also known as incunables, refers to books that were printed using movable type before the year 1501, during the nascent stages of printing technology. These remarkable works represent the dawn of the printed word, capturing the transition from handwritten manuscripts to mass-produced books. Incunabula are prized for their historical significance, offering glimpses into the cultural, intellectual and artistic landscapes of the late medieval and early Renaissance periods. They hold immense value to collectors, scholars and institutions alike, with even incomplete or fragmentary examples commanding large sums at auction.
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