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. RUSSELL, John.

    Elements of painting with crayons. The second edition, with additions.

    London, printed for J. Wilkie, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard; J. Walter, at Charing Cross; and R. Bishop, Newport-Street, 1777.

    Second corrected and enlarged edition of the most comprehensive contemporary record of pastel technique in Great Britain.

    £1250

  2. [SAINT-YVES, Charles Léoffroy de.]

    Observations sur les arts, et sur quelques morceaux de peinture & de sculpture, exposes au...

    Leiden, Elias Luzac Junior, 1748.

    First edition of an early piece of art criticism, including reflections on the state-sponsored Parisian exhibition of painting and sculpture (Salon) in 1748.

    £250

  3. [SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, Joseph von.]

    Catalogue raisonné des Espèces et variétés d’Aloès décrites par Ms. Willdenow, Haworth,...

    [Duesseldorf, 1817].

    First edition of Joseph von Salm-Reifferscheid-Dyck’s first publication, simultaneously also published in a German language edition. This is the first of a long list of pamphlets in which he describes in some detail his extraordinary collection of succulents or fat plants assembled in the gardens of...

    £220

  4. [SALON DE 1850.]

    Explication des ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artists vivants exposés...

    Paris, 1850.

    Catalogue for the Salon of 1850, the exhibition of contemporary French artists in Paris. The submissions of architectural drawings get the most detailed treatment although the first medal in the architecture section was not awarded.

    £75

  5. [SAMBLANX]. [BAUDELAIRE]. POE, Edgar.

    Vingt Histoires Extraordinaires. Illustrées par quarante et une eaux-fortes originales de...

    Paris, Le Livre de Plantin, 1927

    First edition of Baudelaire’s celebrated translation to appear with these striking illustrations by Alméry Lobel-Riche, his close friend who was to illustrate the whole Baudelaire canon during the 1920s and early 1930s. Lobel-Riche described Baudelaire as “le premier, le plus grand poète de la...

    £4000

  6. [SANDBY, Thomas Paul, the younger.]

    Trade card advertising the services of ‘T. Sandby Junr., St. Georges Row Oxford Street, terms...

    [London], published by T. Sandby Junr, Georges Row, May 1791.

    A rare advertising card for drawing lessons by Thomas Paul Sandby, son of Paul Sandby. The design is one of the very few ephemeral pieces drawn by the painter Benjamin West.

    £750

  7. SAYER, Robert.

    A Catalogue of new and useful Maps, curious & entertaining Prints, Books of Architecture, great Variety of Drawing...

    [London, Sayer, 1766 or earlier].

    An attractive piece of ephemera, advertising Robert Sayer’s publishing and print-selling business. It shows at the top left corner a double-page spread from one of Robert Morris’ books on architecture, possibly Select Architecture or Architecture Improved, both published by Sayer in...

    £525

  8. [SCHILLER, Friedrich von.]

    Friedrich von Schiller’s Bibliothek. Mit einem Facsimile aus seinem eigenhändigen Bücherverzeichnisse....

    Berlin, J. A. Stargardt, [1859].

    One of a very few surviving copies of this booksellers’ catalogue of part of Schiller’s library. The engraved folding plate is a facsimile of a manuscript list of the books in Schiller’s hand.

    £1750

  9. [SCHLOSSER, Johann Albert]. BODDAERT, Pieter.

    Epistola ad virum celeberrimum Johannem Burmannum … De Chaetodonte Argo descripto...

    Amsterdam, apud Cornelium van Tongerlo, 1770

    First and only edition of Boddaert’s description of this Indo-West Pacific fish species found in the Schlosser natural history cabinet. This is the first monograph on this particular fish species. Boddaert substantially redescribes and for the first time illustrates the species. In his description...

    £675

  10. [SCHLOSSER, Johann Albert.] BODDAERT, Pieter.

    Epistola ad virum amplissimum W. Roell … De testudine cartilaginea, descripta atque...

    Amsterdam, Kornelis van Tongerlo, 1770.

    First and only edition of Boddaert’s description of the freshwater Southeast Asian softshell turtle found in the Schlosser natural history cabinet. This is the first monograph on (and the first illustration of) this particular species which was then as much as today priced as medicine and food.

    £675

  11. [SCHLOSSER, Johann Albert]. BODDAERT, Pieter.

    Epistola ad … Hier. Dav. Gaubium … De chaetodonte diacantho, descripto atque...

    Amsterdam, apud M. Magerum, 1772.

    First and only edition of Boddaert’s description of the Royal Angelfish found in the Schlosser natural history cabinet. This is the first monograph on the Royal Angelfish (and its first illustration), a now common species of coral fish in the Pacific and Indian Ocean.

    £675

  12. (SCHWERIN) (GLOECKER, A.F.W).

    Bibliothek des Vereins für Meklenburgische Geschichte und Alterthumskunde, wie solche am Ende des...

    … Erste Fortsetzung 1837 … [until] … Achte Fortsetzung 1844. (Schwerin), 1836-1844.

    The Verein für Mecklenburgische Geschichte (‘Association for the history of Mecklenburg’) was founded in 1835. Here we have the catalogue of its library, with over 1500 books, as it grew over the years from its foundation to 1844. This is a fascinating record of local interest books, some published...

    £150

  13. [SESSION-HOUSE].

    The first stone of this Session-House erected for the use of the County of Middlesex, and for Other good and Necessary...

    [London], 1779.

    (Together with:)
    [SESSION-HOUSE]. Primum hujusce Fori Juridici lapuidem, in usu comitatus de Middlesex … erecti, nobilissimus, potentissimusque princeps Hugo, Northumbriae dux et comes, eiusdem comitatus custos rotulorum, &c. &c. &c. posuit; orantibus et presentibus justitiariis ad hoc aedificium...

    £600

  14. SEYPPEL, Karl Maria.

    Schlau, Schlauer am Schlausten. --- Er Sie Es. IIte Aegyptische Humoreske.--- Die Plagen 3te Aegyptische Humoreske.

    Dusseldorf, Felix Bagel, [1884].

    First editions. With the Jewish population attaining greater prominence both economically and culturally, the 1880s saw a corresponding wave of emerging anti-Semitism across Central and Eastern Europe. The present works aim to provide a historical precedent for anti-Semitism dating back to the age of...

    £950

  15. SHENSTONE, William.

    The Works, in Verse and Prose… in three Volumes … Fifth Edition …

    London: Printed for J. Dodsley … 1777.

    Fifth edition of the Works (1764), the first edition of which was planned by Shenstone but published after his death, with Robert Dodsley’s description of Shenstone’s important garden at The Leasowes, one of the first natural landscape gardens in England and one of the most influential, and with...

    £325

  16. SOCIETY FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT OF ARTS, MANUFACTURES, AND COMMERCE.

    A Catalogue of the Paintings, Sculptures, Architecture, Models,...

    London: Printed by James Harrison … 1763.

    First edition, scarce, of the exhibition catalogue for the 1763 exhibition of the Society (now known as the Royal Society of Arts). Founded in 1754, the Society held London’s first exhibition of living artists in 1760. Three years on, the exhibition was the subject of great controversy after George...

    £1000

  17. [SOCIETY OF ARTISTS.]

    A Catalogue of the Pictures, Sculptures, Models, Designs in Architecture, Drawings, Prints, &c. Exhibited...

    Printed by Harriot Bunce, Printer to the Society. 1774.

    First edition. The Society of Artists emerged in 1760 as a loose association of artists, including Joshua Reynolds and Francis Hayman, who wanted greater control over exhibitions of their work than they experienced under William Shipley’s Society of Arts (est. 1754). They held an alternative exhibition...

    £1100