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. HOPFER.

    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...

    £8500

  2. COSTA, Margherita.

    Istoria del viaggio d’Alemagna del serenissimo Gran Duca di Toscana Ferdinando Secondo …

    Venice, [1630].

    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,...

    £3750

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. [AUSSOURD, René] DUMAS, Alexandre.

    Les Trois Mousquetaires.

    Paris, Calmann Levy, 1894.

    Edition de grand luxe, number 39, one of 250 copies on Chine paper, one of a 100 copies with drawings with parts of the engravings.

    £3000

  6. [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

  7. [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

  8. POPE, Arthur Upham, and Phyllis ACKERMAN, editors.

    A survey of Persian art from prehistoric times to the present . . . Published...

    London and New York, Oxford University Press, 1938–9.

    First edition. ‘During the 1930s, the study of Iranian art and architecture was promoted intensively, and the widely held view that Iran had been the cultural centre of the Muslim world reached a climax. The pertinent events of the decade can hardly be understood without reference to Arthur...

    £2750

  9. DESCAMPS, Jean-Baptiste.

    La vie des peintres flamands, allemands et hollandois, avec des portraits gravés en taille-douce, une...

    Paris, chez Charles-Antoine Jombert, [and] Desaint & Saillant, Pissot, Durand, 1753-1763

    First edition of the painter Descamps’ biographies of Flemish, German and Dutch masters. In all there are eighty biographies from the Renaissance to 1706. In his preface Descamps outlines the limitations of his predecessors, his purpose, and his printed sources. The Lives include a list of the principal...

    £2750

  10. TURNER, Joseph Mallord William.

    Picturesque Views on the Southern Coast of England, from drawings made principally by J.M.W. Turner...

    London, published by John and Arthur Arch … Printed by W. Nicol …, 1826.

    First edition. Originally published in parts between 1814 and 1826, this is the 1826 re-issue in two volumes with the plates arranged geographically from Kent to Somerset. Turner provided forty watercolours for the project. This was a companion piece to the earlier published Rivers of England, and reproduced...

    £2500

  11. NORDQUIST, Per.

    Strödda handteckningar … Efter originalerna copierade och utgifne i stentryck ...

    Gothenburg, Ludwig Fehr, 1822

    First edition of a scarce series of fine and curious Swedish caricatures, printed in lithography by Ludwig Fehr, a native of Germany, who, together with Carl Müller, had introduced the process to Sweden by setting up the first lithographic press at Stockholm in 1817/18. In 1820 Fehr left for southern...

    £2250

  12. [VILLAMENA, Francesco].

    A street fight in Rome. A fan leaf drawing.

    [Italy, late 18th century].

    A fine fan leaf drawing, Italian school, late 18th century, copied from a print by Francesco Villamena of c. 1601. It depicts a street fight between Spanish and French factions in Rome with a view of the villa Mattei in the background. The original copper engraving by Villamena was dedicated to the patron...

    £2200

  13. [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

  14. CORTENAY BOYLE, Carolina.

    [Cover title:] Ten Mezzo-tinto Engravings, from original Drawings, dedicated by Permission to...

    [London, 1848?]

    First and only edition, very rare, of this series of fine landscape prints, produced by the French etcher Louis Marvy (1815-1850) after drawings by Carolina Courtenay Boyle (1803-1883), a maid of honour to Adelaide the Queen Dowager. 'Rather than mezzotints, the prints were made using a variety of techniques...

    £1850

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. [GWYNN, John].

    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...

    £1200