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.
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.
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...
Der auf vieljährige Erfahrung gegründete Kunst- und Brunnenmeister in allen seinen praktischen Verrichtungen...
Quedlinburg and Leipzig, Druck und Verlag Gottfr[ied] Basse, 1840.
First edition of a manual teaching hydraulics and well engineering; written and compiled by Marius Wölfer, a retired Saxonian district surveyor, who specialized in these handbooks which were technically up to date, furnished with fine plates, and distilled not only German know-how but also that found...
A catalogue of the pictures at Grosvenor House, London; with etchings of the whole collection … and accompanied...
London, printed by W. Bulmer and W. Nicol, published by the proprietor, May 12, 1820
First edition and earliest catalogue of the Grovenor picture collection finely printed by Bulmer, and with reproductive etchings of all the pictures by Young. The Grosvenor picture collection was one of the finest in London. The Earl of Grosvenor employed the King’s Keeper of Pictures as his agent...
Auserlesene Verzierungen aus dem Gesammtgebiet der bildenen Kunst, zum Gebrauch für Künstler und kunstbeflissene...
Berlin, bei G. Reimer, 1844.
First edition of this rare and fine pattern book of classical ornaments in marble, silver, bronze, ivory, and terracotta reproduced in outline engravings in order to instruct artists, craftsmen and fine art students. Zahn produced the volume from sketches made on his travels in southern Italy. Some of...
(ZOFFANY, Johann Joseph).
Strand-on-the–Green. Particulars and condition of sale of a very desirable property for occupation...
[London], Alfred Robins, Printer, …,1835.
Rare property auction broadsheet advertising the sale of no 65 ‘Zoffany House’ on Strand-on-the-Green, Chiswick, west London, near Kew Bridge, which had been for a long time the residence of the painter Johann Joseph Zoffany.
[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...