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,...
[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...
STURM, Leonhard Christoph.
Der auserlessneste und nach den Regeln der antiquen Bau-Kunst sowohl, als nach dem heutigen Gusto verneuerten...
Augsburg, in Verlegung Jeremiae Wolffens … daselbst gedruckt bey Peter Detleffen
First collected edition of this grand and important series of architectural treatises by Leonhard Christoph Sturm (1669-1719), presented as commentaries on the work of Nikolaus Goldmann, which was immensely influential in 18th century Germany.
[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.
Berättelse, om Swenska Meuble-Handelens första inrättning, och de oden, meuble-handlaren Diedrich Tellerstedt...
Stockholm, Wennberg och Nordström, 1771
First edition. Diedrich Tellerstedt was the leading retailer of Gustavian furniture in Sweden. Here he complains bitterly about the damage he has suffered over more than twenty years as competitors unfairly bust his royal monopoly on furniture trading in Sweden.
LAUGIER, Marc-Antoine, Abbé.
Maniere de bien juger des ouvrages de peinture.
Paris, Claude-Antoine Jombert, 1771.
First edition. In three parts, this pocket-sized guide to the connoisseurship of paintings covers the innate qualities one must possess to be able to assess art; the studies one must undertake – including natural science, geography and history; and a suggested methodology.
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...
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...
Descriptions and Sketches of some remarkable Oaks, in the Park at Welbeck, in the County of Nottingham, a Seat of...
London, Printed by J. Nichols, for the Author: and sold by B. White and Son … and J. Robson … 1790.
First edition. The park surrounding Welbeck Abbey had always been famed for its oaks (Wren used their timber in the roof of St Paul’s), reckoned to be the largest in Nottinghamshire. Major Rooke (c.1723-1806), a local antiquary, here describes and depicts these magnificent trees, including the famous...
Printed trade label. ‘Thomas Fentham, Carver, Gilder, and Picture-Frame Maker, at No. 52, opposite Old Round...
London, after 1779 and before 1794
Thomas Fentham (1774-1808) ‘was a leading looking glass and picture framer in the Strand, whose business was carried on after his death by his son’.
Album containing plates from the Grand Oppenord and several rare proof plates.
Paris, chez Huquier, [c. 1740].
An interesting album containing plates from the Grand Oppenord, Huquier’s important publication issuing the ornament designs of Oppenord in print. Oppenord (1672-1742) was an important contributor to the development of the rococo style in Europe, adapting Italian baroque ornament to suit French taste....
Memorie istoriche delle sacre teste de’ Santi Apostoli Pietro e Paolo e della loro solenne ricognizione...
Rome, nella Stamperia della S.C. di Propaganda Fide, 1806.
First edition of a description of the relics of St. Paul and St. Peter, which after a long and adventurous history found their final resting place in the altar of the Lateran basilica in Rome. The book also illustrates and describes two new marble busts of St. Peter and St. Paul by the contemporary sculptor...
Designs for Gates and Rails suitable to Parks, Pleasure Grounds, Balconys &c, also some Design for Trellis...
London, Published by J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library …, [c. 1805].
First edition of this charming pattern book of garden designs by Charles Middleton which concentrates on gates, rustic fences and trelliswork. Middleton was a pupil of William Paine, and rather than finding success as a building architect he produced a number of fine architectural pattern books.
Vases, modern and antique, from various examples, proper for metal, stone or wood. Engraved on thirty-nine plates.
London, printed for J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library, .
First edition, very rare, collecting four scarce suites of ornamental pattern books giving vase and urn designs which were originally issued in the 1770s and 1780s. The volume consists of the following suites:
[SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, Joseph von.]
Catalogue raisonné des Espèces et variétés d’Aloès décrites par Ms. Willdenow, Haworth,...
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...
[DYCK, Castle, Rhineland] [SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, Joseph von.]
Plantae succulentae horti Dyckensis.
Rare first edition of Joseph von Salm-Reifferscheid-Dyck’s addendum to his succulent plant list.
[HOLLINGSWORTH, Nathaniel John.]
Fleurs. A poem, in four books.
Newcastle, printed for the author by Edw. Walker …, 1821.
First and only edition of this long blank verse description of Floors Castle, the seat of the Duke of Roxburgh near Kelso in south-east Scotland. The castle was built by the leading Scottish architect of his day, William Adam, father of Robert Adam, for the 1st Duke of Roxburgh between 1721-1726. Hollingsworth’s...
[DYCK, Castle, Rhineland] [SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, Joseph von.]
Observationes botanicae in horto Dyckensi notatae. Anno 1820 (1821...
First and only edition of these observations on the various plants in his Hortus Dyckensis.
Thirty-six new original and practical designs for chairs, adapted for the Drawing and Dining Room, Parlour and Hall …
Bath, W. Evans, [c. 1830].
A fine and rare furniture pattern book by William Toms, ‘carver in general’ at Bath. He is recorded as having worked on ‘turning balusters’ at Longleat House for Lord Bath in c. 1815. The pattern book offered here indicates that he had grander ambitions than just be a jobbing tradesman. Toms...
BOLZANI, A. M.
Wegweiser zum Seidenbau für Nord-Deutschland und insbesondere für Preussen.
Berlin, Vereinsbuchhandlung, 1831.
First edition. Bolzani, originally from Como in Italy, was a picture- and print-dealer in Berlin who also ran a successful silkworm cultivation enterprise. His book deals with all aspects of sericulture. Bolzani was especially keen to have Prussian state funding for silkworm cultivation and corresponded...