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).
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...
CHAUCER, Geoffrey. FRINK, Elizabeth, illustrator.
Etchings illustrating Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Introduction and Translation...
[London,] Waddington, 1972.
First edition of Frink’s monumental Canterbury Tales, one of 50 copies in the standard edition, numbered B 70 and signed by Frink, from an entire print run of 300 copies.
[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).
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...
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...
Travels in Greece: or an Account of a Tour made at the Expense of the Society of Dilettanti.
Oxford: ‘Printed at The Clarendon Press ... Sold by J. Dodsley, J. Robson, T. Cadell, P. Elmsley, and G. Robinson, London; and by D. Prince,...
First edition. The classical scholar, traveller, and author Chandler (bap. 1737, d. 1810) was educated at Winchester College and Queen’s College, Oxford, and awarded a demyship at Magdalen College in 1757. Following the publication of an annotated collection of fragments by Tyrtaeus, Simonides, Theognis,...
Strödda handteckningar … Efter originalerna copierade och utgifne i stentryck ...
Gothenburg, Ludwig Fehr, 1822
First edition of a scarce series of fine and curious Swedish caricatures, printed in lithography by Ludwig Fehr, a native of Germany, who, together with Carl Müller, had introduced the process to Sweden by setting up the first lithographic press at Stockholm in 1817/18. In 1820 Fehr left for southern...
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:
A street fight in Rome. A fan leaf drawing.
[Italy, late 18th century].
A fine fan leaf drawing, Italian school, late 18th century, copied from a print by Francesco Villamena of c. 1601. It depicts a street fight between Spanish and French factions in Rome with a view of the villa Mattei in the background. The original copper engraving by Villamena was dedicated to the patron...