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. 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.

    £1250

  2. (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

  3. 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...

    £900

  4. MICHETTI, Charles.

    Catalogue des estampes des plus grands maitres, tableaux, bagues, livres, vases, idoles, &. qui composent la...

    Vienna, 1790.

    First edition. Description of the cabinet assembled by Charles Michetti in Vienna. Michetti stresses in his introduction that his collection was put together not for financial gain but because he liked the look of the pieces and appreciated their artistic merit. The bulk of the collection is made up...

    £350

  5. (NAPLES) GELAS, S. .

    Catalogue des statues en bronze exposées dans une grande salle du Musée Bourbon á Naples.

    Naples, 1820

    Uncommon pocket guide to the antique bronzes of the then Real Museo Borbonico in Naples. The bronzes described here were either excavated at Pompeii or Herculaneum or came from the Farnese collection. The critical descriptions give a wealth of information.

    £150

  6. 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

  7. [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

  8. FOUNTAINE, Andrew.

    Catalogue of the celebrated Fountaine collection of Majolica, Henri II Ware, Palissy Ware, Nevers Ware, Limoges...

    [London], 1884

    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.

    £25

  9. 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

  10. [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

  11. YOUNG, John.

    A catalogue of the pictures at Grosvenor House, London; with etchings of the whole collection … and accompanied...

    London, printed by W. Bulmer and W. Nicol, published by the proprietor, May 12, 1820

    First edition and earliest catalogue of the Grovenor picture collection finely printed by Bulmer, and with reproductive etchings of all the pictures by Young. The Grosvenor picture collection was one of the finest in London. The Earl of Grosvenor employed the King’s Keeper of Pictures as his agent...

    £250

  12. [HAZARD, James].

    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...

    £2000

  13. [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

  14. VIAS, Balthasar de.

    In clarissimum virum Nicolaum Claudium Fabricium de Peiresc ... Epicedion.

    Marseille, apud Claudium Garcin, 1642

    First edition of Balthasar de Vias’ elegant neo-Latin elegy commemorating the life of his friend the scholar, antiquary and collector Nicolas Claude Fabri de Peiresc (1580-1637) of Aix en Provence, the most learned man of his time.

    £3250

  15. 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

  16. NIBBY, Antonio.

    Della via Portuense e dell’ antica città di Porto ...

    Rome, 1827

    First edition. Lacks the plate volume.

    £75

  17. ROLAS DU ROSEY, Carl.

    Die Kupferstiche, Handzeichnungen und Kunstbibliothek ... deren erste Hälfte Montag, den 13. Juni 1864 [-...

    Leipzig, Rudolf Weigel, 1864.

    Sale catalogue of the print and drawing collection assembled by the Prussian general Baron Rolas du Rosey (d. 1862). In all 7160 lots were sold. The prices achieved were moderate.

    £250

  18. [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

  19. [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

  20. [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