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.
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,...
BOLZANI, A. M.
Wegweiser zum Seidenbau für Nord-Deutschland und insbesondere für Preussen.
Berlin, Vereinsbuchhandlung, 1831.
First edition. Bolzani, originally from Como in Italy, was a picture- and print-dealer in Berlin who also ran a successful silkworm cultivation enterprise. His book deals with all aspects of sericulture. Bolzani was especially keen to have Prussian state funding for silkworm cultivation and corresponded...
Memorie degli antichi Incisori che scolpirono i loro nomi in Gemme e Cammei con molti Monumenti inediti di Antichità...
Florence, Gaetano Cambiagi, 1784-86
First edition and an imposing set of this splendidly illustrated and luxuriously printed work. The interesting preface records Bracci’s work on the book since 1758, his falling out with Winckelmann and other vicissitudes.
Paris, Mont-Louis, Clermont Ferrand, c. 1930.
In the 1930s, commercial aviation was in its infancy in Africa. The French colonists decided to pioneer an air service, Aeromaritime, to enhance the existing maritime links between Senegal and the Congo, under the auspices of the Compagnie des Chargeurs Réunis, a shipping company, which subsequently...
BURGESS, Walter William, artist.
Bits of Old Chelsea. A Series of Forty-One Etchings ... with Letterpress Description by Lionel...
London: Ballantyne, Hanson & Co. for Kegan Paul, Trench, Trubner & Co., 1894.
First edition, limited to 110 copies, of which 100 were for sale. This series of etchings was executed by the British engraver and painter Walter William Burgess RE (1856-1908), who exhibited at the Royal Academy between 1874 and 1903, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers...
Artists’ books: the book as a work of art, 1963-2000.
London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2015.
The history of artists’ involvement with the book format between 1963 and 2000 includes a fascinating range of artists and movements from Mallarmé to the Piece of Paper Press via Cubism, Futurism, Dada, Fluxus and conceptual art. This second edition includes updated text with new bibliographic descriptions...
[CANAPE and CORRIEZ]. RÉGNIER, Henri de.
La Sandale Ailée.
Paris, Société des amis des livres modernes, 1914.
Limited edition, Comte Foy’s copy, number 35 of 125 copies produced for the members of the Société of this compendium of free verse by the Mallarmé-circle symbolist poet Henri de Régnier, attractively illustrated with reproductions of watercolours by noted French artist Antoine Calbet.
CAPPONI, Alessandro Gregorio, Marchese.
Catalogo della Libreria Capponi o sia de’ Libri Italiani del su Marchese Alessandro Gregorio...
Rome, Bernabò & Lazzarini, 1747
First and only edition of the catalogue of this remarkable library assembled by Capponi (1683-1746) and containing over 5000 titles, mainly of early Italian literature. The catalogue was compiled by Alessandro Berti with bio-bibliographical notes by Domenico Giorgi. The collection now forms part of the...
CARDONNEL, Adam de.
Picturesque Antiquities of Scotland [I–II] …
London: Printed for the Author, and sold by Edwards … also by Edwards’s, in Halifax. 1788.
First edition, the very rare issue with the plates in sepia, printed directly onto thick wove paper.
Le imagini con la spositione de i dei de gli antichi.
Venice, per Francesco Marcolini, 1556.
First edition of Cartari’s influential and successful treatise on the mythology of the ancients. Cartari concentrated on the iconography of the gods, explaining their guises and detailing their several attributes. His book was expressively written to aid artists, painters and sculptors, to understand...
CASSANDRE, A. M.
Copenhagen, Axel Andreasen & Sønner, c.1956
A fine example of Cassandre’s now iconic publicity image for the wine-based aperitif Dubonnet, favoured by both HM Queen Elizabeth and the late Queen Mother. Originally invented in 1846 in response to a government competition for delivering a palatable anti-malarial dose of quinine to French foreign...
Piccoli Bronzi del Real Museo Borbonico … descritti e disegnati da Carlo Ceci.
Naples, stamperia di Salvatore Piscopo, 1858.
Second edition (with three extra plates) of this exhibition catalogue of ancient artefacts excavated from Pompeii and Herculaneum on display at the Real Museo Borbonico (today Museo Nazionale) in Naples, and here illustrated and described by its curator, Carlo Ceci. The plates display a mixture of decorative...
Travels in Greece: or an Account of a Tour made at the Expense of the Society of Dilettanti.
Oxford: ‘Printed at The Clarendon Press ... Sold by J. Dodsley, J. Robson, T. Cadell, P. Elmsley, and G. Robinson, London; and by D. Prince,...
First edition. The classical scholar, traveller, and author Chandler (bap. 1737, d. 1810) was educated at Winchester College and Queen’s College, Oxford, and awarded a demyship at Magdalen College in 1757. Following the publication of an annotated collection of fragments by Tyrtaeus, Simonides, Theognis,...
The last will of Humphry Chetham, of Clayton, in the county of Lancaster, Esq; date December 16, 1651; whereby...
Manchester, printed by J. Harrow, [1759?].
First edition and the earliest printing of Humphrey Chetham’s will. Chetham (1580-1653) was a cloth merchant and banker. Not having children of his own Chetham maintained 22 poor boys during his life by providing money for their maintenance and education. By his will this number was to be increased...
Catalogo istorico de’ pittori e scultori ferraresi e delle opere loro con in fine una nota esatta delle...
Ferrara, per Francesco Pomatelli, 1782-83
First edition of the most important source book on artistic life in Ferrara then published. Cesare Citadella (1732-1809), a painter, priest, and curator of the natural history cabinet affiliated to Ferrara University, compiled his work by using the unpublished manuscript of Girolamo Baruffaldi who had...
[COCHRAN, Charles B.]
OSTROWSKA, Wanda and Viola G. GARVIN. London’s Glory.
London, George Allen & Unwin Ltd, 1945.
First edition, a poignant collection of paintings of war-torn London by the Polish artist-in-exile Wanda Ostrowska, accompanied by extracts from her own writings and narrative by Viola Garvin.
Hotel de Belle Vue à Deutz vis-à-vis de Cologne tenu pour J.A. Kimmel. [
Cologne, c. 1850
A ambitious lithograph advertisement for the Hotel de Belle Vue in Deutz, facing Cologne over the Rhine. The finely engraved view of the hotel shows it with its surrounding park lying on the Rhine which is bustling with barges, there is a bridge crossing the river full of promenading people. The litho...
COLT HOARE, Sir Richard.
The Ancient History of South Wiltshire.
London, published by William Miller, printed by W. Bulmer and Co., 1812.
First edition of a work which was an important step towards objective methods in field archaeology and established Colt Hoare’s reputation as an archaeologist. This is one of the few large paper copies.
[COLUMBUS.] QUARITCH, Bernard, and Michael KERNEY.
The Spanish Letter of Columbus . . . A facsimile of the original edition published...
[London], Quaritch, 2006.
Over the centuries, booksellers have contributed much to the elucidation and sometimes to the falsification of historical documents. The story of the first printed account of the New World, usually known as Christopher Columbus’s Letter to Santángel or simply the Columbus Letter, illustrates both themes.
COOKE, George and George Rennie.
Views of the old and new London bridges…
London, Brown & Syrett, 1833.
First edition of this narrative account, providing a detailed scientific and historical record of both the old and new London bridges, and making observations on the tides of the river Thames as a consequence of developments on the river, accompanied by some more general remarks on bridge construction....