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.
Proposal for publishing by subscription a work to be entitles Ornamental Groups, descriptive of flowers, birds,...
[London], printed by W. Bulmer and Co., .
Unrecorded broadside prospectus for Mary Gartside’s important work Ornamental Groups, published between 1808 and 1811, which shows her colour theory applied to watercolour painting. The prospectus has twenty lines of text detailing the proposed work.
Ente radio rurale radioprogramma scolasico n. 55 del 26 febbraio 1938 XVI ore 10:30: Come si diventa aviatori.
Rome, Tumminelli & Co., 1938.
The Rural Radio Organization (EER) was instrumental in bringing political and cultural propaganda to rural communities during the Ventennio. It did so by launching a series of campaigns highlighting Italian military achievements, the technological advancements of modern warfare, historical programming...
Catalogue raisonné de toutes les pieces qui forment l’oeuvre de Rembrandt … avec le augmentations nécessaires...
Paris, chez Hochereau, 1751.
YVER, Pierre. Supplement au catalogue raisonné de M.M. Gersaint, Helle & Glomy de toutes les pieces qui forment l’oeuvre de Rembrandt. Amsterdam, chez Pierre Yver, Marchand de Tableaux & d’Estampes, 1756.
Intorno alla iscrizione puteolana de’ Luccei osservazioni ...
Naples, Stamperia Reale, 1851.
First edition. Gervasio attempts a new interpretation of an ancient inscription discovered in Pozzuoli.
GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS – Christopher SANDFORD, Anthony SANDFORD, and Owen RUTTER.
Chanticleer. A Bibliography of the Golden Cockerel...
London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1936.
First edition, no. 103 of 300 specially-bound copies signed by Christopher and Anthony Sandford, Owen Rutter, and Francis J. Newbery. This is the first of the four bibliographies published by the Golden Cockerel Press, and it provides a record of the press’ productions between April 1921 and...
GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS – Christopher SANDFORD.
Cockalorum. A Sequel to Chanticleer and Pertelote. Being a Bibliography of the...
[London]: The Golden Cockerel Press, .
First edition, no. 232 of 250 specially-bound copies signed by Sandford. Cockalorum was the third of the four bibliographies of its publications that the Golden Cockerel Press issued, and it spans the period between June 1943 and December 1948. During this time, as Sandford records in his...
GROSSI, G. B. Gennaro.
Le Belle Arti.
Naples, dalla tipografia del Giornale Enciclopedico, 1820.
First edition in book form, reprinted from the Giornale Enciclopedico di Napoli, with some additional material in an appendix to the second volume. The first volume is on the music and musicians of Naples, the second volume deals with Neapolitan painters up to the eighteenth century.
Niclaus Manuel. Leben und Werke eines Malers und Dichters. Kriegers, Staatsmannes und Reformators im sechszehnten...
Tubingen, Cotta, 1837.
First edition of the first separate biography of the Bern painter and woodcutter Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (1525-1571).
GUEVARA, Felipe de.
Comentarios de la pintura … se publican por la primera vez con un discurso preliminar y algunas notas de...
Madrid, por Don Geronimo Ortega, hijos de Ibarra Y compania, 1788.
First edition of one of the earliest Spanish treatises on painting, containing the earliest criticism of pre-Columbian art, and the earliest reference to Bosch. Guevara writes extensively about the contributions that the Americas made to art and painting (without ever denigrating it), such as the introduction...
An Essay on Design: including Proposals for erecting a public Academy to be supported by voluntary Subscription...
London, Printed: and sold by John Brindley ... S. Harding ... & M. Payne ... 1749.
First edition of the first public appeal for a national academy of arts. John Gwynn’s Essay called attention to the inadequacy of art training in England. ‘Whatever thoughts about an academy were in the air at the time were set in motion by the Essay’ (Harris). It was Gwynn’s first salvo in a...
HALL, Trevor H.
The Winder sale of old conjuring books.
Leeds, W. S. Maney & Son Ltd., 1975.
First edition, number 52 of 250 copies, numbered and signed by the author, of this study of the public dispersal of the Leeds-based collector Roland Winder’s library of conjuring books. In his preface, Hall terms this pamphlet ‘a footnote to the chapter, ‘Libraries and Collectors,’ in [his earlier...
Ode, inscribed to John Howard, Esq. F.R.S. author of “The State of English and Foreign Prisons” …
London, printed for J. Dodsley, 1780
First edition of Hayley’s didactic poem on John Howard, the prison reformer. A second edition appeared the following year.
Catalogue raisonné de l’excellent et nombreuse collection d’estampes et de desseins qui composaient le cabinet...
Brussels, chez Jos. Ermens, 1789
A rare sale catalogue of the important prints and drawing collection of the English collector and amateur etcher James Hazard (1748-1787) who was born in London but lived most of his life in Brussels, where he also died falling off his horse. Hazard was a man of independent means who devoted his short...
HENREY, Blanche Elizabeth Edith.
British Botanical and Horticultural Literature before 1800. Comprising a History and Bibliography...
London: Oxford University Press, 1975.
First edition. Henrey’s comprehensive and authoritative historical and bibliographical account of early British botanical works: ‘Blanche Henrey's elegantly printed British Botanical and Horticultural Literature before 1800 (3 vols, Oxford, 1975) is [a] useful point of entry for research and...
[HOLLINGSWORTH, Nathaniel John.]
Fleurs. A poem, in four books.
Newcastle, printed for the author by Edw. Walker …, 1821.
First and only edition of this long blank verse description of Floors Castle, the seat of the Duke of Roxburgh near Kelso in south-east Scotland. The castle was built by the leading Scottish architect of his day, William Adam, father of Robert Adam, for the 1st Duke of Roxburgh between 1721-1726. Hollingsworth’s...
Opera Hopferiana. 92 Abdrücke von Stahlplatten der Gebrüder Daniel, Hieronymus und Lambrecht Hopfer.
Frankfurt, C. W. Silberberg,
Daniel Hopfer (c.1470-1536) was one of the most important Harnischätzer (armourer and etcher of armour) in the artistic circle around Emperor Maximilian I at Augsburg. Hopfer is widely credited to be the first who transferred etching of armour to printmaking, thus becoming the inventor of etching as...
Buildings in the town and parish of Halifax. Drawn from nature and on stone by John Horner.
Halifax, published by Robert Leyland, 1835.
First and only edition of an album with fine large litho views of buildings in and around Halifax, West Yorkshire. John Horner was a local artist who lived in Halifax; this is his only published work.
The rural and domestic life of Germany: with characteristic sketches of its cities and scenery, collected in a...
London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1842
A fine copy of the first edition of Howitt’s account of his travels in Germany and Austria, and one of the best books in English about German life at the time. Howitt had moved with his family to Heidelberg in 1840 and stayed in Germany for more than two years on account of the education of his older...
Studj bibliografici e biografici sulla storia della geografia in Italia. Publicata per cura della Deputazione Ministeriale …
Rome, Tipografia Elzeviriana, 1875.
First edition of a bio-bibliographical study of geographical history in Italy, published on the occasion of the second international geographical congress by the Italian geographical society. Contributors include Pietro Amat di S. Filippo, Gustavo Uzielli and Enrico Narducci. The work deals variously...
Odalisques & Arabesques: Orientalist Photography 1839–1925.
[London], Quaritch, 2007.
Profusely illustrated, this is the most comprehensive survey to date of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photography of the Middle East and North Africa. Using Orientalist painting as a counterpoint, it primarily relates the extraordinarily rich visual documentation of the peoples and cultures...