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.
DUTHUIT, Georges, Georges SALLES and Wolfgang Fritz VOLBACH.
Art byzantin. Cent planches reproduisant un grand nombre de pièces...
Paris, Albert Lévy, .
First edition. ‘L’exposition qui se tint au Pavillon de Marsan permit d’avoir une vue d’ensemble de l’art byzantin. Pour la première fois, depuis près de cinq cents ans, se trouvèrent rassemblées des pièces de toutes techniques, jusque-là disséminées au hasard des trésors et des collections...
[DYCK, Castle, Rhineland] [SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, Joseph von.]
Observationes botanicae in horto Dyckensi notatae. Anno 1820 (1821...
First and only edition of these observations on the various plants in his Hortus Dyckensis.
[DYCK, Castle, Rhineland] [SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, Joseph von.]
Plantae succulentae horti Dyckensis.
Rare first edition of Joseph von Salm-Reifferscheid-Dyck’s addendum to his succulent plant list.
Monuments d’architecture byzantine.
Paris, Les Editions d’Art et d’Histoire, 1934.
First edition. Published, posthumously, in the series Histoire de l’art byzantin under the direction of Charles Diehl.
EBERSTADT, Edward, & Sons.
Indian Captivities & Massacres, being the Contemporary Record of Caucasian Contact and Conflict with...
New York: Edward Eberstadt & Sons, 1943.
An uncommon catalogue of nearly 400 items, which is prefaced by a ‘Geographical Index’ and a foreword stating that it was ‘one of a projected series of catalogues on the Indian’. The loosely-inserted reprint of Philip Brooks’ ‘Notes on Rare Books’ from The New York Times Book Review...
L’érotisme dans l’art contemporain. Introduction par André Salmon.
Paris, Librairie des Arts Décoratifs, c. 1935.
First edition. A fine collection of subtly erotic plates, including contributions from Picasso, Cocteau, and Pascin, embracing a wealth of artistic styles. The plates are accompanied by an introduction by the French art critic André Salmon, who discusses the artistic response to the concept of Eroticism.
Dialogues sur les Arts, entre un Artiste Ameriquain et un Amateur Francois.
Amsterdam [i.e. Paris], 1756.
Second edition of this important series of dialogues between a South American (native of Peru) painter and a French amateur and connoisseur on the practice and study of painting, with a special emphasis on the art of the painter Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin (1699-1779). The original edition appeared...
EVERY, S[imon] F[rederick].
Etchings by S. F. Every, Esq.
[No place, no date], [c. 1834].
A rare collection of etchings by the Derbyshire artist and etcher Simon Frederick Every (1804-1888), probably put together by the artist himself. This is the earliest collection of his work known.
Ordinamento Corporativo dello Stato Fascista.
Padua, Edizione di propaganda corporative, 1935.
Italian Fascism primarily followed the economic model of corporatism to organise capital and labour interest groups into trade unions and employer associations such as agriculture, industry, commercial trade, professionals and artists, as well as banks and credit associations. These trade associations...
Printed trade label. ‘Thomas Fentham, Carver, Gilder, and Picture-Frame Maker, at No. 52, opposite Old Round...
London, after 1779 and before 1794
Thomas Fentham (1774-1808) ‘was a leading looking glass and picture framer in the Strand, whose business was carried on after his death by his son’.
Per Ingresso di Parroco.
Verona, [printed by Daldo, but privately published], 1855.
First and only edition of this booklet of verses, privately published by friends to celebrate the 50th birthday of Francesco Bazzon ‘saccerdote esemplarissimo’, a local parish priest.
FIORILLO, Johann Dominicus.
Geschichte der zeichnenden Künste, von ihrer Wiederauflebung bis auf die neusten Zeiten ...
Göttingen, bei Johann Georg Rosenbusch, 1798 [and Johann Friederich Rower], 1801-1805.
First edition. Fiorillo began as a painter, studying in Rome and Bologna, but turned to art history and became a professor at the University of Gottingen and colleague of Lichtenberg, in 1781. His erudite survey of the art of painting throughout Europe was among the first to make use of medieval documentary...
Catalogue of the celebrated Fountaine collection of Majolica, Henri II Ware, Palissy Ware, Nevers Ware, Limoges...
First day only of the Majolica sale of the Fountaine collection. Andrew Fountain (1676-1753) was ‘the predecessor of Horace Walpole as an arbiter of taste and virtu’ (ODNB). His engravings and drawings were sold in July 1884, pictures in 1894 and porcelain in 1904.
Obsessions and confessions of a book life.
[New Castle], Oak Knoll Press, Books of Kells, Bernard Quaritch, Ltd., 2012.
Reminiscences of an author, bookseller, and publisher, written at the age of eighty-eight. Colin Franklin’s newest book wanders freely through themes which have absorbed him—a lost world of publishing, adventures in bookselling, and the irreplaceable scholarly eccentrics who dominated that world...
Bibliotheca Fictiva: a Collection of Books and Manuscripts Relating to Literary Forgery 400 BC – AD 2000.
London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2014.
An inventory of books and manuscripts relating to literary forgery. Spanning some twenty-four centuries, the book seeks also to define and describe the controversial genre it represents. Individual entries offer specific commentary on the forgers and their work, their exposers and their dupes. A broad...
Julia Alpinula, Pseudo-Heroine of Helvetia: How a Forged Renaissance Epitaph Fostered a National Myth.
London, The Author, 2015.
Julia Alpinula is a legendary Swiss heroine, whose pathetic fate in AD 69 inspired popular historians, dramatists, artists, and poets – including an infatuated Byron – over a period of more than two hundred years. Her very existence, however, was based entirely on a funerary inscription first published...
Portrait, after Holbein the Younger, showing the scholar-printer half-length, to right, black fur-lined dress,...
The original of this celebrated portrait is lost, and it only survives in copies. There is one at Hampton Court, for example. See the account in Oliver Miller, Tudor, Stuart and early Georgian Paintings in the Royal Collection, 1963. There are two copies in the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung at Basel (357, 1910).
(FURNITURE, Trade Catalogue).
Album of original furniture designs, 80 leaves with over 125 designs, highly finished in ink and...
[Paris, c. 1840-50].
A fascinating album of original furniture designs in the Empire and Restoration styles, assembled for use as a trade catalogue, with all designs numbered in pencil and most described on the interleaved sheets (with designs numbered in ink). The furniture designs are all highly finished showing different...
Discorsi tre sulla pittura recitati dal celebre Errico Fuseli nella R. Accademia di Londra. Traduzione dall’Inglese.
Rome, pel Fulgoni, 1804.
Rare first Italian translation of Fuseli’s Lectures on Painting, a series of three lectures delivered at the Royal Academy in 1801 and originally published in the same year. The lectures were published under Fuseli’s own superintendence in a more extended form than that in which they were delivered....
GANF, Iulii Abramovich, and P. PISKUNOV, editor.
Да здравствует конституция страны социализма!...
Moscow, Gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo izobrazitel’nogo iskusstva, 1953.
Typically Soviet poster illustrated by graphic artist Iuli Ganf, whose satirical work was published in magazines and newspapers such as Krokodil.