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.
Le imagini con la spositione de i dei de gli antichi.
Venice, per Francesco Marcolini, 1556.
First edition of Cartari’s influential and successful treatise on the mythology of the ancients. Cartari concentrated on the iconography of the gods, explaining their guises and detailing their several attributes. His book was expressively written to aid artists, painters and sculptors, to understand...
VITRUVIUS, and Daniel BARBARO.
De architectura libri decem, cum commentariis … multis aedificiorum, horologiorum, et machinarum...
Venice, Francesco Franceschi & Johann Criegher, 1567.
First Latin edition of Barbaro’s influential commentary, written in collaboration with and finely illustrated by Palladio; ‘the culmination of the Renaissance tradition of Vitruvian studies’ (Cellauri, p. 57 trans.) which ‘served as a foundational text into the next century, as...
Le vite de’ piu eccellenti pittori, scultori, et architettori … nuovo ampliate … co’ ritratti loro et...
Florence, Giunta, 1568.
First illustrated edition, second overall, of ‘the first critical history of artistic style’ (Grove). Though first published in 1550, it was the 1568 edition which served as ‘the basis for all subsequent editions and translations’ (ibid.), having been thoroughly revised and expanded...
Ver relatione della solenne entrata dell’Illustriss. & Eccellentiss. Sig. Giorgio Ossolinschi … Thesoriero...
Rome, Francesco Cavalli, 1634.
An important miscellany comprising three rare works related to one of the most sumptuous seventeenth-century embassies to the Papal Court, headed by Jerzy Ossoliński (1595–1650) on behalf of the King of Poland, Ladislaus IV Vasa, in 1633.
Pompe funebri di tutte le nationi del mondo, raccolte dale storie sagre et profane.
Verona, Francesco Rossi, 1639.
First edition of Perucci’s extensively illustrated account of funeral practices, inscribed by a Scottish antiquary and documented book collector. A fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and later the Royal Society, Walter Bowman (1699–1782) travelled extensively over the course of five decades...
Les edifices antiques de Rome dessinés et mesurés très exactement ...
Paris, Jean-Baptiste Coignard, 1682.
First edition of this spectacular folio production, based on the most accurate measurements of Roman architecture of the time. Sent to Rome by Colbert in 1674, Desgodets spent sixteen months measuring the most important buildings with greater accuracy than ever before. The resulting drawings of...
La Bible, qui est toute la Sainte Escriture du Vieil et du Nouveau Testament. Autrement, l’ancienne et la nouvelle alliance....
London, R. Everingham for R. Bentley and J. Hindmarsh, 1687.
First complete edition of the Bible in French to be printed in England, in a fine Restoration binding. This Bible, in the French Geneva version, was published less than two years after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes (22 October 1685) which saw about 50,000 French Protestant refugees move...
BARTOLI, Pietro Santi.
Admiranda Romanarum antiquitatum ac veteris sculpturae vestigia anaglyphico opere elaborata ex marmoreis...
Rome, sumptibus ac typis edita a Joanne Jacobo de Rubeis, restituit auxit Dominicus de Rubeis, 1693.
Revised edition (first c. 1685, with 81 plates) of this stunning record of ancient Roman sculpture by the engraver and painter Pietro Santi Bartoli (1615–1700), pupil of Poussin, antiquary to Christina, Queen of Sweden, and ‘indefatigable engraver of Roman monuments’ (Grove Art Online),...
‘QUINTINYE, Monsr de la,’ [Jean de la QUINTINIE] and John EVELYN (translator).
The compleat Gard’ner;...
London, for Matthew Gillyflower and James Partridge, 1693.
First edition in English, translated and expanded by John Evelyn, of the principal work of the Chief Director of Louis XIV’s gardens, Jean de la Quintinie, first published three years previously as Instructions pour les jardins fruitiers et potagers.
Devotos obsequiosos cultos y leales, festivas aclamaciones, con que celebro la excelentissima cividad de Barcelona,...
[Barcelona, Rafael Figuero, c. 1702].
First and only edition of this scarce volume celebrating the visit of King Philip V of Spain and his young bride Maria Luisa of Savoy to Barcelona in October/November. The volume describes Philip V entry into Barcelona on 2nd October 1701, and the entry of the royal couple into Barcelona in November...
Le grand tresor historique et politique du florissant commerce des Hollandois, dans tous les etats et empires...
Paris, François Fournier, 1714.
Later edition of this work on Dutch commerce and trade attributed to Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630–1721), famous as the editor of the Delphin Classics, with a charming bookplate.
BOTTARI, Giovanni Gaetano.
Del Museo Capitolino tomo I contenente immagini d’uomini illustri [- tomo secondo contenente i busti...
Rome, si vende alla calcografia camerale; nella stamperia di Antonio De’Rossi, 1741-48.
First edition of the first two volumes of this handsome publication, showcasing classical busts preserved at the Museo Capitolino in Rome, this copy formerly in the possession of William IV.
A Letter to Dr Mead concerning some Antiquities in Berkshire, particularly shewing that the White Horse, which gives...
Oxford, Printed for Thomas Wood … 1738
First editions. A Letter to Dr Mead was the first serious archaeological study of the Uffington White Horse. Francis Wise, Keeper of the Archives at Oxford University and later a friend of Samuel Johnson, contends that the horse, which he eulogises as a work of art, had Saxon origins, because...
CAPPONI, Alessandro Gregorio, Marchese.
Catalogo della Libreria Capponi o sia de’ Libri Italiani del su Marchese Alessandro...
Rome, Bernabò & Lazzarini, 1747
First and only edition of the catalogue of this remarkable library assembled by Capponi (1683–1746) and containing over five thousand titles, mainly of early Italian literature. The catalogue was compiled by Alessandro Berti with bio-bibliographical notes by Domenico Giorgi. The collection now...
Risposta alle reflessioni critiche sopra le differenti scuole di Pitture del Sig. Marchese d'Argens.
Lucca, per il Busdrago, 1755
Not in Cicognara or Schlosser-Magnino.
Les Delices de Windsore; or a Description of Windsor Castle, and the Country adjacent, treating, I. Of the Castle....
Eton: Printed by Joseph, and Thomas Pote, 1755.
First edition of a much-reprinted pocket companion to Windsor ‘for the use of Strangers, and other Persons, who visit this our Royal Castle’. It is ‘for the most part an Extract from a larger Work publish’d in Quarto a few Years since’ (Pote’s own work The History and Antiquities of Windsor...
BELLONI, Girolami, Marchese.
Del Commercio dissertazione.
Rome, Niccolo and Marco Pagliarini, 1757.
Second edition to be authorized by Belloni, (first, 1750) – the first edition to include the author’s considerations on ‘imaginary money’ (pp. 135-154) – of a work notable for its argument in favour of restrictions on the export of money by the Vatican banker Girolamo Belloni (1688–1760)....
PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.
De Romanorum magnificentia et architectura. Della magnificenza ed architettura de’ Romani.
First edition, a handsome copy, bound without the portrait of Clement XIII to whom the work was dedicated, of Piranesi’s magnificent defence of Roman architecture, intended to counter the claims of Laugier, Le Roy and Winckelmann for Greece’s architectural superiority. The splendid plates...
The Book of Common Prayer, and Administration of the Sacraments, and other Rites and Ceremonies of the Church,...
Third and final edition of Baskerville’s octavo prayer book. The prayers for the Royal Family on cancels B8, C6, and D3 include the name of Queen Charlotte, whom George III married in 1761. This copy also includes the ‘occasional prayers’ which were only printed for part of the edition and are...
PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.
Veduta delle due Chiese, l’una detta della Madonna di Loreto l’altra del Nome di Maria presso...
[Rome, c. 1762].
A marvellous view of Rome by Piranesi, from an original edition printed in Rome, bearing the price (‘a paoli due e mezzo’), with wide margins and the ‘double encircled fleur-de-lys’ watermark.