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. [ANTIQUARIAN]

    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...

    £950

  2. [ANTONELLI, Leonardo.]

    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...

    £525

  3. 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...

    £275

  4. 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...

    £175

  5. CECI, Carlo.

    Piccoli Bronzi del Real Museo Borbonico … descritti e disegnati da Carlo Ceci.

    Naples, stamperia di Salvatore Piscopo, 1858.

    Second edition (with three extra plates) of this exhibition catalogue of ancient artefacts excavated from Pompeii and Herculaneum on display at the Real Museo Borbonico (today Museo Nazionale) in Naples, and here illustrated and described by its curator, Carlo Ceci. The plates display a mixture of decorative...

    £650

  6. [COLOGNE.]

    Hotel de Belle Vue à Deutz vis-à-vis de Cologne tenu pour J.A. Kimmel. [

    Cologne, c. 1850

    A ambitious lithograph advertisement for the Hotel de Belle Vue in Deutz, facing Cologne over the Rhine. The finely engraved view of the hotel shows it with its surrounding park lying on the Rhine which is bustling with barges, there is a bridge crossing the river full of promenading people. The litho...

    £250

  7. 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

  8. DALI, Salvador

    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.

    £250

  9. DALI, Salvador.

    Normandie. French Railways.

    France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.

    Mont Saint-Michel meets stone circles, butterflies and surrealist heads in this promotional SNCF poster for train travel in Normandy.

    £200

  10. DALI, Salvador.

    Roussillon. French Railways.

    France, Draeger for SNCF, 1970.

    Further butterfly-interspersed surrealism for SNCF, this time for the Roussillon
    region, featuring a stylised cross of Languedoc above a beach scene against a
    mountainous backdrop

    £250

  11. DALI, Salvador.

    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.

    £250

  12. 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

  13. 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.

    £85

  14. DONAT, Franz.

    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....

    £325

  15. 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

  16. [DYCK, Castle, Rhineland] [SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, Joseph von.]

    Observationes botanicae in horto Dyckensi notatae. Anno 1820 (1821...

    Cologne, 1820-1822.

    First and only edition of these observations on the various plants in his Hortus Dyckensis.

    £475

  17. [DYCK, Castle, Rhineland] [SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, Joseph von.]

    Plantae succulentae horti Dyckensis.

    1820.

    Rare first edition of Joseph von Salm-Reifferscheid-Dyck’s addendum to his succulent plant list.

    £150

  18. FENTHAM, Thomas.

    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’.

    £500

  19. FOUNTAINE, Andrew.

    Catalogue of the celebrated Fountaine collection of Majolica, Henri II Ware, Palissy Ware, Nevers Ware, Limoges...

    [London], 1884

    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.

    £25

  20. (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...

    £9500