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.
Portrait, after Holbein the Younger, showing the scholar-printer half-length, to right, black fur-lined dress,...
The original of this celebrated portrait is lost, and it only survives in copies. There is one at Hampton Court, for example. See the account in Oliver Miller, Tudor, Stuart and early Georgian Paintings in the Royal Collection, 1963. There are two copies in the Öffentliche Kunstsammlung at Basel (357, 1910).
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...
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 to England...
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.
PIEDRABUENA, Antolínez de (pseud.). Carnestolendas de Zaragoza, en sus tres días.
Zaragoza, Agustín Verges for Jusepe Alfay, 1661.
First and only edition, very rare, of this satirical picaresque novel, published under a pseudonym and attributed to a Dominican friar, Benito Ruiz. Among other things, the novel contains the description of the three-day Carnival festival held in Zaragoza in March 1660. The author sketches the feast...
Select views of London; with historical and descriptive sketches of some of the most interesting of its public...
London, Rudolf Ackermann, 1816.
First edition of this guide to the finest historical buildings and house interiors of London, compiling Papworth’s contributions to Ackermann’s monthly periodical, ‘The Repository of the Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics,’ for the first time. Each of the 76 plates...
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,...
[PORCELAIN] NYMPHENBURG. Abbildung der vorzüglicheren Artikel der königlichen bayerischen Porcellan Manufactur zu Nymphenburg....
A fine copy of the very rare trade catalogue of the porcelain wares available at the Royal Bavarian porcelain manufacture Nymphenburg, offered here with the original ‘price list’. This is the first trade catalogue produced at Nymphenburg and possible the earliest trade catalogues for porcelain in...
Peribologia seu muniendorum locor[um] ratio.
Frankfurt, Anton Humm for the author, 1641.
First Latin edition of this monumental work on architecture and fortifications, a book produced by father and son. The imprint makes clear that the son, Johann Wilhelm, not only was responsible for the magnificent plates but also edited and published the work ‘edita sumptus et typos suppeditante Joanne...
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...
Vieilles maisons boutiques & paysages de Paris. Eaux fortes originales de Ernest Laborde. Presentées par Gustave...
Paris, Jules Meynial, 1918 .
First edition, very rare: two series of 20 etchings each on the most picturesque houses and shops in Paris, produced 1911-1918 by Ernest Laborde (1870-1935).
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.
An Ordinance by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for the Preservation and Keeping together for publique...
London, Printed for Edw. Husbands, 1643.
First edition, an important document for the preservation of libraries and archives in the Civil War. It deplores as ‘prejudiciall to the publique’ any ‘dispersing by sale or otherwise’ of books seized by the parliamentary Committees for Sequestration or Distresses, whether ‘Manuscripts or...
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...
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...
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...
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....
[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...
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...
Ordinamento Corporativo dello Stato Fascista.
Padua, Edizione di propaganda corporative, 1935.
Italian Fascism primarily followed the economic model of corporatism to organise capital and labour interest groups into trade unions and employer associations such as agriculture, industry, commercial trade, professionals and artists, as well as banks and credit associations. These trade associations...