Art & Architecture

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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.

  1. WAAGEN, Gustav Friederich.

    Verzeichnis der Gemälde-Sammlung des Königlichen Museums zu Berlin.

    Berlin, 1837.

    Sixth edition of Waagen’s catalogue of the Berlin picture gallery, with fifteen new paintings.

    £150

  2. WATELET, Claude Henri.

    L’Arte della Pittura. Poema con alcune riflessioni che servono di note tradotto in italiano da Nemillo...

    Genoa, Paolo & Adamo Scionico, 1765.

    First Italian edition, translated from the true first edition (1760) of this didactic poem, Watelet’s first work, composed at the country seat of Moulinjoli after his travels in Germany and Italy. It is dedicated to the members of the Royal Academy of Painting, with a preliminary discourse and reflections...

    £200

  3. WILKINSON, W. B.

    Chimney Pieces in artificial stone, manufactured by W. B. Wilkinson & Co. Prudhoe Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    Newcastle, Lambert, 1866

    An interesting broadside trade catalogue offering 17 different designs of fireplaces made of artificial stone. The building firm Wilkinson of Newcastle played an important part in the development of reinforced concrete. Wilkinson is credited with building the first house using reinforced concrete.

    £350

  4. WISE, Francis.

    A Letter to Dr Mead concerning some Antiquities in Berkshire, particularly shewing that the White Horse, which gives...

    Oxford, Printed for Thomas Wood … 1738

    First editions. A Letter to Dr Mead was the first serious archaeological study of the Uffington White Horse. Francis Wise, Keeper of the Archives at Oxford University and later a friend of Samuel Johnson, contends that the horse, which he eulogises as a work of art, had Saxon origins, because...

    £350

  5. WÖLFER, Marius.

    Der auf vieljährige Erfahrung gegründete Kunst- und Brunnenmeister in allen seinen praktischen Verrichtungen...

    Quedlinburg and Leipzig, Druck und Verlag Gottfr[ied] Basse, 1840.

    First edition of a manual teaching hydraulics and well engineering; written and compiled by Marius Wölfer, a retired Saxonian district surveyor, who specialized in these handbooks which were technically up to date, furnished with fine plates, and distilled not only German know-how but also that found...

    £475

  6. YOUNG, John.

    A catalogue of the pictures at Grosvenor House, London; with etchings of the whole collection … and accompanied...

    London, printed by W. Bulmer and W. Nicol, published by the proprietor, May 12, 1820

    First edition and earliest catalogue of the Grovenor picture collection finely printed by Bulmer, and with reproductive etchings of all the pictures by Young. The Grosvenor picture collection was one of the finest in London. The Earl of Grosvenor employed the King’s Keeper of Pictures as his agent...

    £250

  7. ZAHN, Wilhelm.

    Auserlesene Verzierungen aus dem Gesammtgebiet der bildenen Kunst, zum Gebrauch für Künstler und kunstbeflissene...

    Berlin, bei G. Reimer, 1844.

    First edition of this rare and fine pattern book of classical ornaments in marble, silver, bronze, ivory, and terracotta reproduced in outline engravings in order to instruct artists, craftsmen and fine art students. Zahn produced the volume from sketches made on his travels in southern Italy. Some of...

    £1250

  8. (ZOFFANY, Johann Joseph).

    Strand-on-the–Green. Particulars and condition of sale of a very desirable property for occupation...

    [London], Alfred Robins, Printer, …,1835.

    Rare property auction broadsheet advertising the sale of no 65 ‘Zoffany House’ on Strand-on-the-Green, Chiswick, west London, near Kew Bridge, which had been for a long time the residence of the painter Johann Joseph Zoffany.

    £575

  9. [PORCELAIN] NYMPHENBURG. Abbildung der vorzüglicheren Artikel der königlichen bayerischen Porcellan Manufactur zu Nymphenburg....

    A fine copy of the very rare trade catalogue of the porcelain wares available at the Royal Bavarian porcelain manufacture Nymphenburg, offered here with the original ‘price list’. This is the first trade catalogue produced at Nymphenburg and possible the earliest trade catalogues for porcelain in...

    £3750