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. [COSTUME.]

    6 Blätter Altenburger Trachten.

    Altenburg, Schnuphase’sche Buchhandlung, [c. 1857].

    Charming Altenburg costume plates, lacking at least one plate.

    £150

  2. DELAFOSSE, Jean Charles.

    Algemeen kunstenaars Handboek; of, Schatkamer … Receuil des fontains, frontispices, pyramides, cartouches,...

    Amserdam, Jan Willem Smit, [c. 1775].

    A fine suite of ornamental designs by the most prolific proponent of the Louis XVI style, the architect and ornament designer Jean Charles Delafosse (1721-89). This is the re-issue of his Iconologie Historique, originally published in Paris at Delalain in 1768. This edition has the French text together...

    £1750

  3. DUTHUIT, Georges, Georges SALLES and Wolfgang Fritz VOLBACH.

    Art byzantin. Cent planches reproduisant un grand nombre de pièces...

    Paris, Albert Lévy, [1933].

    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...

    £95

  4. PORCELAIN PAINTS CASE.

    Black folding linen case containing a set of 98 glass vials filled with original powder pigments for painting...

    [Germany, c. 1880s].

    An unusual survival. This is a porcelain painter’s over glaze pigment case which contains a wide variety of colours. The numbered vials presumably enabled the craftsman to follow a pre-determined colour scheme corresponding to a numbered master diagram which indicated which hues were to be applied where.

    £1500

  5. REZZONICO, Carlo.

    Castone della Torre di.  Discorsi accademici del conte … segretario perpetuo della R. Accademia delle Belle Arti. 

    Parma, [Bodoni], 1772.

    First and only edition of an exquisite little product of the Bodoni house: Count Rezzonico’s reflections on the fine arts, including a dissertation on the techniques of woodcut and engraving.  The Neo-Classical aesthetics that inform this work are reflected in the illustrations, masterfully executed...

    £700

  6. [CITTADELLA, Cesare.]

    Catalogo istorico de’ pittori e scultori ferraresi e delle opere loro con in fine una nota esatta delle...

    Ferrara, per Francesco Pomatelli, 1782-83

    First edition of the most important source book on artistic life in Ferrara then published. Cesare Citadella (1732-1809), a painter, priest, and curator of the natural history cabinet affiliated to Ferrara University, compiled his work by using the unpublished manuscript of Girolamo Baruffaldi who had...

    £2850

  7. DUPLESSIS, Georges.

    Catalogue des dessins aquarelles et estampes de Gustave Doré, exposés dans les Salons du Cercle de la Libraire...

    Paris, Cercle de la Librairie, 1885

    Gustave Doré had died in 1883. This is one of the first commemorative exhibitions of his drawings and prints. Here are 374 pieces listed (provenances are always given). This is also one of the earliest monographs on one of the most popular French illustrators of his time. George Duplessis, curator of...

    £450

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. [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

  11. GERSAINT, Edme.

    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.

    £1400

  12. 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

  13. 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...

    £1750

  14. [BERTOTTI SCAMOZZI, Ottavio].

    Descrizione dell’Arco Trionfale eretto nella Pubblica Piazza di Vicenza la notte 12 Novembre 1758...

    Vicenza, nella Stamperia di Carlo Bressan e Francesco Mazzolini Compagni, 1758.

    First and only edition of Bertotti Scamozzi’s own description of his triumphal arch erected to honour the newly created Cardinal Antonio Marino Priuli, as well as his account of the celebratory festivities which were held at night. This temporary wooden arch was Bertotti Scamozzi’s first architectural...

    £2850

  15. [BOLOGNA]

    Descrizione e spiegazione della misteriosa figura. In occasione del santo solenne sepolcro rappresentata nella Chiesa...

    Bologna, per li Rossi, e Comp. alla Rosa, (1719).

    Scarce ephemeral guide to the decorations, paintings and statuary put on for the Easter pageant on 6 April 1719 (Maundy Thursday) in the Santa Catarina church in Bologna. The pamphlet is interestingly detailed in describing the art works displayed, their iconographical meaning, their textual sources,...

    £850

  16. [ESTEVE, Pierre].

    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...

    £650

  17. O’NEIL, A. 

    A Dictionary of Spanish Painters, comprehending simply that part of their biography immediately connected with the...

    London, C. O’Neil, 1833-4.

    First edition. The exact identity of the (female) author remains uncertain, but this is a readable and detailed account of the artists of Spain, beginning with a list of the various schools of painters (Valencia, Madrid, Seville), before moving onto individual artists, arranged alphabetically. The biographies...

    £350

  18. 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

  19. FUSELI, Henry.

    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....

    £675

  20. DONI, Antonio Francesco.

    Disegno … partito in piu ragionamenti, ne quali si tratta della scoltura e pittura; de colori, de getti,...

    Venice, appresso Gabriel Giolito di Ferrarii, 1549.

    First edition of an important art theoretical text by the polyglot scholar Anton Francesco Doni wo discusses the Renaissance concept of disegno in contomporary sculpture and painting. The book is divided into two parts, the first consists of six essays discussing disegno, the second prints a handul of...

    £3500