Art & Architecture encompasses a broad sweep of material, from early works concerning architecture and architectural history, and books and manuscripts on the fine arts and aesthetics, antiquities and archaeology, to pattern and design books, and private press books and fine bindings. The department also handles original artwork, artistic archives, posters, and propaganda material.
ALEXANDER, James Edward, translator, and Mirza Itesa MODEEN (Itisam al-Din).
Shigurf namah i velaët, or excellent intelligence...
London, Parbury, Allen & Co., 1827.
First edition. A first-hand account of eighteenth-century intrigue and court politics, involving George III, the Mughal emperor, Shah Alam II, and a motley cast of supporting characters. Al-Din, initially an employee of various Britons, undertook a mission to Britain between 1766 and 1768. The...
ANDERSON, James (1813–1877)
Theatre of Marcellus, Rome,
Another print from the same negative is in the collection of the Musée d’Orsay.
Architectural Antiquities from the Sussex Coast.
[Sussex], July 21st – 10th August 1837.
An interesting and charming antiquarian manuscript illustrating medieval fonts, gothic windows, brasses, architectural details, and funerary sculptures found in churches along the Sussex coast. The anonymous author/draughtsman gives provenances and historical detail to the drawings, which capture the...
Memorie istoriche delle sacre teste de’ Santi Apostoli Pietro e Paolo e della loro solenne ricognizione...
Rome, nella Stamperia della S.C. di Propaganda Fide, 1806.
First edition of a description of the relics of St. Paul and St. Peter, which after a long and adventurous history found their final resting place in the altar of the Lateran basilica in Rome. The book also illustrates and describes two new marble busts of St. Peter and St. Paul by the contemporary sculptor...
County of the Isle of Ely, Public Air Raid Warning.
County Air Raid Precautions Committee, [c. 1943].
A very rare survival from the Second World War. During the war, Cambridgeshire and the Isle of Ely were strategic positions as home to 28 airfields for both the RAF and the USAAF. The flat topography, proximity to the coast and continental Europe made it an ideal location for runways and bases.
ATABEY, Sefik E. – Leonora NAVARI.
The Ottoman World. The Sefik E. Atabey Collection. Books, Manuscripts and Maps.
London: Bernard J. Shapero, 1998.
First and only edition, limited to 750 sets. A comprehensive catalogue of Sefik E. Atabey's remarkable library of some 1,370 pre-1854 books, manuscripts, and maps relating to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East. Each item is carefully described and annotated, and the catalogue is supplemented...
[AUSSOURD, René] DUMAS, Alexandre.
Les Trois Mousquetaires.
Paris, Calmann Levy, 1894.
Edition de grand luxe, number 39, one of 250 copies on Chine paper, one of a 100 copies with drawings with parts of the engravings.
AUVERMANN, Detlev, and Anthony PAYNE.
The Society of Jesus 1548–1773.
[London], Quaritch, 2006.
This is a catalogue of books by Jesuit authors and works relating to the Society of Jesus published between 1548, when Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises was first printed, and 1773, when the Society was suppressed. It includes an historical introduction by Alastair Hamilton, Arcadian Visiting...
Devotos obsequiosos cultos y leales, festivas aclamaciones, con que celebro la excelentissima cividad de Barcelona,...
[Barcelona, Rafael Figuero, c. 1702].
First and only edition of this scarce volume celebrating the visit of King Philip V of Spain and his young bride Maria Luisa of Savoy to Barcelona in October/November. The volume describes Philip V entry into Barcelona on 2nd October 1701, and the entry of the royal couple into Barcelona in November...
Bibliotheca Lindesiana. The Lives and Collections of Alexander William, 25th Earl of Crawford and 8th Earl of...
The Roxburghe Club, 1977.
The Bibliotheca Lindesiana was perhaps the finest private library assembled in the nineteenth century. Nicolas Barker considers the library’s purpose and traces the circumstances of its formation in detail, in the process adding considerably to the biographies of the 25th and 26th Earls of Crawford,...
BARKER, Nicolas, and David QUENTIN.
The Library of Thomas Tresham and Thomas Brudenell. With an introduction by John Martin Robinson.
The Roxburghe Club, 2006.
Sir Thomas Tresham (1543–1605) remains best-known for his buildings, especially the market house at Rothwell, the Triangular Lodge at Rushton and Lyveden New Bield. His library, one of the largest in England of its time, has hitherto attracted comparatively little interest. Now, as a result of a careful...
An Inquiry into the Real and Imaginary Obstruction to the Acquisition of the Arts in England.
London, Printed for T. Becket, 1775
First edition of the Irish painter James Barry’s first book which he had begun writing while in Rome and published a few years later, after he had become a member of the recently founded Royal Academy. It is a passionate plea for English patronage of the arts, especially painting. Barry noted that...
BARTHOLIN, Albert (1620-1663),
Copenhagen, Matthias Godicchen for Peter Haubold, 1666.
First edition of the first Danish national bibliography, edited posthumously by the author’s famous brother, Thomas Bartholin. The book is a remarkable record of Danish literature from its early days to the middle of the 17th century. The Bartholins list over 500 authors and more than 1000 different titles.
The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church,...
Third and final edition of Baskerville’s octavo prayer book. The prayers for the Royal Family on cancels B8, C6, and D3 include the name of Queen Charlotte, whom George III married in 1761. This copy also includes the ‘occasional prayers’ which were only printed for part of the edition and are...
BELLONI, Girolami, Marchese.
Del Commercio dissertazione.
Rome, Niccolo and Marco Pagliarini, 1757.
Second edition to be authorized by Belloni, (first, 1750) – the first edition to include the author’s considerations on ‘imaginary money’ (pp. 135-154) – of a work notable for its argument in favour of restrictions on the export of money by the Vatican banker Girolamo Belloni (1688–1760)....
Le dessein de l’histoire de Reims, avec diverses curieuses remarques touchant l’establissement des peuples,...
Reims, chez Nicholas Constant, 1635
First edition of the earliest printed history of Reims, published posthomously after the author’s death by his son, Jean Bergier. The antiquary Nicolas Bergier (1567-1623) is best known by his great work on the Roman roads in Europe, Histoire des grands chemins de l’empire Romain, published in 1622....
Verzeichnis der Werke lebender Künstler welche fur die Kunstaustellung in den Sälen des Königl. Akademie-Gebäudes...
Berlin, Hofbuchdruckerei, 1860.
Exhibition catalogue of contemporary artists.
[BERTOTTI SCAMOZZI, Ottavio].
Descrizione dell’Arco Trionfale eretto nella Pubblica Piazza di Vicenza la notte 12 Novembre 1758...
Vicenza, nella Stamperia di Carlo Bressan e Francesco Mazzolini Compagni, 1758.
First and only edition of Bertotti Scamozzi’s own description of his triumphal arch erected to honour the newly created Cardinal Antonio Marino Priuli, as well as his account of the celebratory festivities which were held at night. This temporary wooden arch was Bertotti Scamozzi’s first architectural...
La Bible, qui est toute la Sainte Escriture du Vieil et du Nouveau Testament. Autrement, l’ancienne et la nouvelle alliance....
London, R. Everingham for R. Bentley and J. Hindmarsh, 1687.
First complete edition of the Bible in French to be printed in England, in a fine Restoration binding. This Bible, in the French Geneva version, was published less than two years after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (22 October 1685) which saw about 50,000 French Protestant refugees move to England...
Descrizione e spiegazione della misteriosa figura. In occasione del santo solenne sepolcro rappresentata nella Chiesa...
Bologna, per li Rossi, e Comp. alla Rosa, (1719).
Scarce ephemeral guide to the decorations, paintings and statuary put on for the Easter pageant on 6 April 1719 (Maundy Thursday) in the Santa Catarina church in Bologna. The pamphlet is interestingly detailed in describing the art works displayed, their iconographical meaning, their textual sources,...