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.
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....
(FURNITURE, Trade Catalogue).
Album of original furniture designs, 80 leaves with over 125 designs, highly finished in ink and...
[Paris, c. 1840-50].
A fascinating album of original furniture designs in the Empire and Restoration styles, assembled for use as a trade catalogue, with all designs numbered in pencil and most described on the interleaved sheets (with designs numbered in ink). The furniture designs are all highly finished showing different...
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...
Alpes. French Railways
France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.
A gorgeous and colourful surrealist design of delicate butterflies fluttering against a rugged Alpine backdrop, one of six designs commissioned from Dali by SNCF, French national railways, to promote travel into the Alpine region.
Alsace. French Railways.
France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.
A striking monochrome image of the Temple Saint-Étienne, also known as the Cathedral of Mulhouse, against a murky sky. A vast butterfly blends into the foreground.
Architectural Antiquities from the Sussex Coast.
[Sussex], July 21st – 10th August 1837.
An interesting and charming antiquarian manuscript illustrating medieval fonts, gothic windows, brasses, architectural details, and funerary sculptures found in churches along the Sussex coast. The anonymous author/draughtsman gives provenances and historical detail to the drawings, which capture the...
DUTHUIT, Georges, Georges SALLES and Wolfgang Fritz VOLBACH.
Art byzantin. Cent planches reproduisant un grand nombre de pièces...
Paris, Albert Lévy, .
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...
Auserlesene Verzierungen aus dem Gesammtgebiet der bildenen Kunst, zum Gebrauch für Künstler und kunstbeflissene...
Berlin, bei G. Reimer, 1844.
First edition of this rare and fine pattern book of classical ornaments in marble, silver, bronze, ivory, and terracotta reproduced in outline engravings in order to instruct artists, craftsmen and fine art students. Zahn produced the volume from sketches made on his travels in southern Italy. Some of...
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.
HENREY, Blanche Elizabeth Edith.
British Botanical and Horticultural Literature before 1800. Comprising a History and Bibliography...
London: Oxford University Press, 1975.
First edition. Henrey’s comprehensive and authoritative historical and bibliographical account of early British botanical works: ‘Blanche Henrey's elegantly printed British Botanical and Horticultural Literature before 1800 (3 vols, Oxford, 1975) is [a] useful point of entry for research and...
Catalogue of the celebrated Fountaine collection of Majolica, Henri II Ware, Palissy Ware, Nevers Ware, Limoges...
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.
[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...
WILKINSON, W. B.
Chimney Pieces in artificial stone, manufactured by W. B. Wilkinson & Co. Prudhoe Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Newcastle, Lambert, 1866
An interesting broadside trade catalogue offering 17 different designs of fireplaces made of artificial stone. The building firm Wilkinson of Newcastle played an important part in the development of reinforced concrete. Wilkinson is credited with building the first house using reinforced concrete.
BRÉHAUT, T.Collings, Rev.
Cordon training of fruit trees. Diagonal, vertical, spiral, horizontal. Adapted to the orchard-house...
London, Longman Green, Longman and Roberts, 1860.
First edition. Thoughtfully dedicated to ‘persons of moderate incomes,’ this brief guide intends to help any man become his own gardener and the proud possessor of a fruitful orchard, using the cordon method to ensure bumper crops even when space is at a premium. Bréhaut’s advice on how to create...
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.
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...
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.
DOLLMAN, Francis C.
Examples of antient pulpits existing in England, selected and drawn from sketches and measurements taken on...
First edition of this scholarly study of gothic pulpits by a student of the elder Pugin.
[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...
Grosses Bindungs Lexikon … Dictionnaire des Ligas … Large Book of Textile Designs … A Collection of Patterns...
Vienna and Leipzig, Hartleben, [c. 1901].
First edition of a massive pattern book on textile designs for bookbinding cloth, illustrating more than 9000 textile patterns. It took the author ten years to collect all the designs. The patterns include Plain, Satin, Twill, Diamond, Crepe, Diagonal, Rib, Damask, Corkscrew, Honeycomb, Herringbow, etc....