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.
Istoria del viaggio d’Alemagna del serenissimo Gran Duca di Toscana Ferdinando Secondo …
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,...
Le dessein de l’histoire de Reims, avec diverses curieuses remarques touchant l’establissement des peuples,...
Reims, chez Nicholas Constant, 1635
First edition of the earliest printed history of Reims, published posthomously after the author’s death by his son, Jean Bergier. The antiquary Nicolas Bergier (1567-1623) is best known by his great work on the Roman roads in Europe, Histoire des grands chemins de l’empire Romain, published in 1622....
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.
An Ordinance by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for the Preservation and Keeping together for publique...
London, Printed for Edw. Husbands, 1643.
First edition, an important document for the preservation of libraries and archives in the Civil War. It deplores as ‘prejudiciall to the publique’ any ‘dispersing by sale or otherwise’ of books seized by the parliamentary Committees for Sequestration or Distresses, whether ‘Manuscripts or...
[PERELLE, Gabriel together with his sons Nicolas and Adam PERELLE]. A collection of plates showing Versailles, its...
Poilly (and once only Langlois), [c. 1680].
An interesting collection of the fine views of Versailles with which Louis XIV dazzled the rest of Europe. The landscape views of Perelle teeming with figures show the splendour of the new Versailles. The impressive scale and complex layout of the gardens is shown in a variety of views. Some of these...
[Title in Greek.] Graeciae descriptio accurata... cum Latina Romuli Amasaei interpretatione. Accesserunt Gul. Xylandri...
Brunet IV 455; Graesse V 177.
A Letter to Dr Mead concerning some Antiquities in Berkshire, particularly shewing that the White Horse, which gives...
Oxford, Printed for Thomas Wood … 1738
First editions. A Letter to Dr Mead was the first serious archaeological study of the Uffington White Horse. Francis Wise, Keeper of the Archives at Oxford University and later a friend of Samuel Johnson, contends that the horse, which he eulogises as a work of art, had Saxon origins, because...
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...
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...
A New Description of the Pictures, Statues, Bustos, Basso-Relievos, and other Curiosities at the Earl of Pembroke’s...
Salisbury: Printed by Benjamin Collins... sold by R.Baldwin, 1758.
First edition of Kennedy’s guide book to the art collections of Wilton House in Wiltshire, seat of the Earls of Pembroke. This is the first proper guide book to the Wilton House collections. This catalogue is annotated from Pembroke’s own manuscript notes. Contemporaries, like Winckelmann and Horace...
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...
[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...
[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.
[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.
[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...
Travels in Greece: or an Account of a Tour made at the Expense of the Society of Dilettanti.
Oxford: ‘Printed at The Clarendon Press ... Sold by J. Dodsley, J. Robson, T. Cadell, P. Elmsley, and G. Robinson, London; and by D. Prince,...
First edition. The classical scholar, traveller, and author Chandler (bap. 1737, d. 1810) was educated at Winchester College and Queen’s College, Oxford, and awarded a demyship at Magdalen College in 1757. Following the publication of an annotated collection of fragments by Tyrtaeus, Simonides, Theognis,...
Memorie degli antichi Incisori che scolpirono i loro nomi in Gemme e Cammei con molti Monumenti inediti di Antichità...
Florence, Gaetano Cambiagi, 1784-86
First edition and an imposing set of this splendidly illustrated and luxuriously printed work. The interesting preface records Bracci’s work on the book since 1758, his falling out with Winckelmann and other vicissitudes.
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...
Catalogue des estampes des plus grands maitres, tableaux, bagues, livres, vases, idoles, &. qui composent la...
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...
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.