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. 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....

    £1500

  2. CORTENAY BOYLE, Carolina.

    [Cover title:] Ten Mezzo-tinto Engravings, from original Drawings, dedicated by Permission to...

    [London, 1848?]

    First and only edition, very rare, of this series of fine landscape prints, produced by the French etcher Louis Marvy (1815-1850) after drawings by Carolina Courtenay Boyle (1803-1883), a maid of honour to Adelaide the Queen Dowager. 'Rather than mezzotints, the prints were made using a variety of techniques...

    £1850

  3. COSTA, Margherita.

    Istoria del viaggio d’Alemagna del serenissimo Gran Duca di Toscana Ferdinando Secondo …

    Venice, [1630].

    First and only edition of a rare account of the journey Ferdinando II de’ Medici, Granduke of Tuscany, made to celebrate his coming of age and taking on the running of government. Ferdinando II travelled from February to July 1628 and first visited Rome to pay homage to the Pope, then Loreto, Bologna,...

    £3750

  4. [COSTUME.]

    6 Blätter Altenburger Trachten.

    Altenburg, Schnuphase’sche Buchhandlung, [c. 1857].

    Charming Altenburg costume plates, lacking at least one plate.

    £150

  5. DALI, Salvador

    Alpes. French Railways

    France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.

    A gorgeous and colourful surrealist design of delicate butterflies fluttering against a rugged Alpine backdrop, one of six designs commissioned from Dali by SNCF, French national railways, to promote travel into the Alpine region.

    £250

  6. DALI, Salvador.

    Normandie. French Railways.

    France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.

    Mont Saint-Michel meets stone circles, butterflies and surrealist heads in this promotional SNCF poster for train travel in Normandy.

    £200

  7. DALI, Salvador.

    Roussillon. French Railways.

    France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.

    Further butterfly-interspersed surrealism for SNCF, this time for the Roussillon
    region, featuring a stylised cross of Languedoc above a beach scene against a
    mountainous backdrop

    £250

  8. DALI, Salvador.

    Alsace. French Railways.

    France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.

    A striking monochrome image of the Temple Saint-Étienne, also known as the Cathedral of Mulhouse, against a murky sky. A vast butterfly blends into the foreground.

    £250

  9. DE LA FONTAINE, Jean.

    Le quatrième livre de Contes et Nouvelles.

    Paris, Xavier Havermans, 1930.

    Volume IV only of the four volume set of Jean de la Fontaine’s works, number 14 of fourteen copies on japon blanc nacré a la cuve, from a total limited edition of 346 copies.

    £3500

  10. DELAFOSSE, Jean Charles.

    Algemeen kunstenaars Handboek; of, Schatkamer … Receuil des fontains, frontispices, pyramides, cartouches,...

    Amserdam, Jan Willem Smit, [c. 1775].

    A fine suite of ornamental designs by the most prolific proponent of the Louis XVI style, the architect and ornament designer Jean Charles Delafosse (1721-89). This is the re-issue of his Iconologie Historique, originally published in Paris at Delalain in 1768. This edition has the French text together...

    £1750

  11. DELGADO-GOMEZ, Angel.

    Spanish Historical Writing about the New World, 1493-1700 … with a Bibliographical Supplement by Susan...

    Providence, RI: The Stinehour Press for The John Carter Brown Library, 1994.

    First edition. A catalogue published to commemorate the Columbus quincentenary, comprising works drawn from the John Carter Brown Library’s remarkable holdings of early Americana and supplemented by a ‘Bibliographical Supplement’, which provides a full account of the works exhibited and...

    £30

  12. DESCAMPS, Jean-Baptiste.

    La vie des peintres flamands, allemands et hollandois, avec des portraits gravés en taille-douce, une...

    Paris, chez Charles-Antoine Jombert, [and] Desaint & Saillant, Pissot, Durand, 1753-1763

    First edition of the painter Descamps’ biographies of Flemish, German and Dutch masters. In all there are eighty biographies from the Renaissance to 1706. In his preface Descamps outlines the limitations of his predecessors, his purpose, and his printed sources. The Lives include a list of the principal...

    £2750

  13. [DICKENS, Charles.]

    Catalogue of the Beautiful Collection of modern Pictures, water-colour Drawings, and Objects of Art, of Charles...

    [1870].

    Original edition. So great was the interest in this famous sale that a facsimile of the catalogue was issued by Field and Tuer in the same year.

    £1000

  14. DIEDO, Antonio.

    Sui Soffitti memoria.

    Venice, Alvisopoli, 1838.

    New edition, dedicated to Count Antonio Trissino, as copies of the original edition were unprocurable.

    £45

  15. DILICH, Wilhelm.

    Peribologia seu muniendorum locor[um] ratio.

    Frankfurt, Anton Humm for the author, 1641.

    First Latin edition of this monumental work on architecture and fortifications, a book produced by father and son. The imprint makes clear that the son, Johann Wilhelm, not only was responsible for the magnificent plates but also edited and published the work ‘edita sumptus et typos suppeditante Joanne...

    £3500

  16. DOLLMAN, Francis C.

    Examples of antient pulpits existing in England, selected and drawn from sketches and measurements taken on...

    First edition of this scholarly study of gothic pulpits by a student of the elder Pugin.

    £85

  17. DONAT, Franz.

    Grosses Bindungs Lexikon … Dictionnaire des Ligas … Large Book of Textile Designs … A Collection of Patterns...

    Vienna and Leipzig, Hartleben, [c. 1901].

    First edition of a massive pattern book on textile designs for bookbinding cloth, illustrating more than 9000 textile patterns. It took the author ten years to collect all the designs. The patterns include Plain, Satin, Twill, Diamond, Crepe, Diagonal, Rib, Damask, Corkscrew, Honeycomb, Herringbow, etc....

    £325

  18. DONI, Antonio Francesco.

    Disegno … partito in piu ragionamenti, ne quali si tratta della scoltura e pittura; de colori, de getti,...

    Venice, appresso Gabriel Giolito di Ferrarii, 1549.

    First edition of an important art theoretical text by the polyglot scholar Anton Francesco Doni wo discusses the Renaissance concept of disegno in contomporary sculpture and painting. The book is divided into two parts, the first consists of six essays discussing disegno, the second prints a handul of...

    £3500

  19. DORDOGNE.

    A collection of photographs of caves in the Dordogne.

    [France, c. 1900].

    A collection of photographs of the Paleolithic grottes and abris of the Les Eyzies district of the Dordogne, first excavated by Lartet and Christy in the 1860s. The photographs show the hillsides where the caves are situated, with individual houses or whole villages built into the mountains, the occasional...

    £150

  20. DUPLESSIS, Georges.

    Catalogue des dessins aquarelles et estampes de Gustave Doré, exposés dans les Salons du Cercle de la Libraire...

    Paris, Cercle de la Librairie, 1885

    Gustave Doré had died in 1883. This is one of the first commemorative exhibitions of his drawings and prints. Here are 374 pieces listed (provenances are always given). This is also one of the earliest monographs on one of the most popular French illustrators of his time. George Duplessis, curator of...

    £450