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.
TALBOT RICE, David.
Notice on some religious buildings in the city and vilayet of Trebizond. Extrait de Byzantion, tome...
Brussels, Secrétariat de la Revue, 1930.
An offprint from Byzantion. The distinguished Byzantine scholar David Talbot Rice was a lifelong friend of Robert Byron, one of his travelling companions during the visit to Mount Athos recorded in Byron’s The Station, and co-author with him of The birth of Western painting.
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:
TAYLOR, W. B. Sarsfield.
The origin, progress, and present condition of the Fine Arts in Great Britain and Ireland.
London: Whittaker & Co., 1841.
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.
THENOT, Jean Pierre.
Vollständige Anweisung zur Aquarellmalerei und zum Tuschen ... 1. Heft (all published).
Leipzig, Kirchner, 1837.
First German edition, originally published the preceding year in Paris. A charming watercolour manual.
THOMAS, Dylan, and Sir Peter Blake, illustrator.
Under Milk Wood: A Play for Voices.
London: Apple Litho (Bristol) Ltd. for Enitharmon Editions and Queen Anne Press, 2013.
De Luxe edition, number 61 of 100 copies with a signed print by Blake. This finely-produced edition was published to mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth and celebrates the culmination of over twenty-five years of work by Peter Blake, one of the founding fathers of British Pop Art. The...
Thirty-six new original and practical designs for chairs, adapted for the Drawing and Dining Room, Parlour and Hall …
Bath, W. Evans, [c. 1830].
A fine and rare furniture pattern book by William Toms, ‘carver in general’ at Bath. He is recorded as having worked on ‘turning balusters’ at Longleat House for Lord Bath in c. 1815. The pattern book offered here indicates that he had grander ambitions than just be a jobbing tradesman. Toms...
A series of prints of Roman History, designed as ornaments for those apartments in which children receive the...
London, John Marshall, 1789.
First edition. Sarah Trimmer was an educational reformer, and philanthropist, being particularly interested in the education of the poor. She was a keen advocate of the didactic use of pictures, as exemplified in the present work, which is the third in a series of six series of prints on different topics...
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...
Itineraire instructive divise en huit journees pour trover avec facilité toutes les anciennes, & modernes magnificences...
Rome, de l’Imprimerie de Michel-Ange Barbiellini, 1774.
First French language edition of Vasi’s important illustrated guide book to Rome. The French language edition used Vasi’s improved and revised text of 1773; the original edition was published in 1763 in Italian.
[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...
За антиимпериалистическую солидарность, мир и прогресс! [For...
Moscow, Izdatelstvo Plakat, 1975.
A dramatic manifestation of the Soviet Union’s claim to be the foremost enemy of imperialism, and a vehement supporter of independence movements throughout the third world, as demonstrated here by the traditional dress of some of the figures in the background.
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.
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...
Des grossen und weltberühmten Vitruvii Architectura, in das kurze verfasst, durch Herrn Perrault, ..., nun aber nach...
Nuremberg, Wurtzburg and Prague, zu finden bei Paul Lochner und Meyer, 1757
First edition, second issue, of the first German translation of Perrault’s Vitruvius abridgment. The first issue was published in 1756, but we could only locate the Wurzburg copy, which has a title-page, dated ‘1756’.
L’Architecture de Vitruve. Figures dessinées par M. Ch.-L. Maufras, …. Exemplaire unique.
Paris, C.L.F. Panckoucke, 1847
A tongue-in-cheek nod to the fashion for Limited Edition books, and an illustrative oddity. The volume comprises India paper proof impressions mounted on heavy paper of Maufras’s illustrations (engraved by Belhatte) to the Panckoucke edition of Vitruvius, with a specially printed title-page and long...
VOLOSHIN, Maksimilian Aleksandrovich.
O Repine [On Repin] …
Moscow, “Ole-Lukoie”, 1913.
First edition thus: three pieces written earlier in the year and published in journals on the work of Ilya Repin (1844–1930), often regarded as Russia’s national artist. At the end is an extract from a lecture (1885) by Landtsert on the painting ‘Ivan the Terrible and his Son’. Voloshin (1877–1932)...
WAAGEN, Gustav Friederich.
Verzeichnis der Gemälde-Sammlung des Königlichen Museums zu Berlin.
Sixth edition of Waagen’s catalogue of the Berlin picture gallery, with fifteen new paintings.
WATELET, Claude Henri.
L’Arte della Pittura. Poema con alcune riflessioni che servono di note tradotto in italiano da Nemillo...
Genoa, Paolo & Adamo Scionico, 1765.
First Italian edition, translated from the true first edition (1760) of this didactic poem, Watelet’s first work, composed at the country seat of Moulinjoli after his travels in Germany and Italy. It is dedicated to the members of the Royal Academy of Painting, with a preliminary discourse and reflections...
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.