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.
Grosses Bindungs Lexikon … Dictionnaire des Ligas … Large Book of Textile Designs … A Collection of Patterns...
Vienna and Leipzig, Hartleben, [c. 1901].
First edition of a massive pattern book on textile designs for bookbinding cloth, illustrating more than 9000 textile patterns. It took the author ten years to collect all the designs. The patterns include Plain, Satin, Twill, Diamond, Crepe, Diagonal, Rib, Damask, Corkscrew, Honeycomb, Herringbow, etc....
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...
A collection of photographs of caves in the Dordogne.
[France, c. 1900].
A collection of photographs of the Paleolithic grottes and abris of the Les Eyzies district of the Dordogne, first excavated by Lartet and Christy in the 1860s. The photographs show the hillsides where the caves are situated, with individual houses or whole villages built into the mountains, the occasional...
Catalogue des dessins aquarelles et estampes de Gustave Doré, exposés dans les Salons du Cercle de la Libraire...
Paris, Cercle de la Librairie, 1885
Gustave Doré had died in 1883. This is one of the first commemorative exhibitions of his drawings and prints. Here are 374 pieces listed (provenances are always given). This is also one of the earliest monographs on one of the most popular French illustrators of his time. George Duplessis, curator of...
DUTHUIT, Georges, Georges SALLES and Wolfgang Fritz VOLBACH.
Art byzantin. Cent planches reproduisant un grand nombre de pièces...
Paris, Albert Lévy, .
First edition. ‘L’exposition qui se tint au Pavillon de Marsan permit d’avoir une vue d’ensemble de l’art byzantin. Pour la première fois, depuis près de cinq cents ans, se trouvèrent rassemblées des pièces de toutes techniques, jusque-là disséminées au hasard des trésors et des collections...
[DYCK, Castle, Rhineland] [SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, Joseph von.]
Observationes botanicae in horto Dyckensi notatae. Anno 1820 (1821...
First and only edition of these observations on the various plants in his Hortus Dyckensis.
[DYCK, Castle, Rhineland] [SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, Joseph von.]
Plantae succulentae horti Dyckensis.
Rare first edition of Joseph von Salm-Reifferscheid-Dyck’s addendum to his succulent plant list.
Monuments d’architecture byzantine.
Paris, Les Editions d’Art et d’Histoire, 1934.
First edition. Published, posthumously, in the series Histoire de l’art byzantin under the direction of Charles Diehl.
Dialogues sur les Arts, entre un Artiste Ameriquain et un Amateur Francois.
Amsterdam [i.e. Paris], 1756.
Second edition of this important series of dialogues between a South American (native of Peru) painter and a French amateur and connoisseur on the practice and study of painting, with a special emphasis on the art of the painter Jean Baptiste Simeon Chardin (1699-1779). The original edition appeared...
EVERY, S[imon] F[rederick].
Etchings by S. F. Every, Esq.
[No place, no date], [c. 1834].
A rare collection of etchings by the Derbyshire artist and etcher Simon Frederick Every (1804-1888), probably put together by the artist himself. This is the earliest collection of his work known.
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...
Printed trade label. ‘Thomas Fentham, Carver, Gilder, and Picture-Frame Maker, at No. 52, opposite Old Round...
London, after 1779 and before 1794
Thomas Fentham (1774-1808) ‘was a leading looking glass and picture framer in the Strand, whose business was carried on after his death by his son’.
Per Ingresso di Parroco.
Verona, [printed by Daldo, but privately published], 1855.
First and only edition of this booklet of verses, privately published by friends to celebrate the 50th birthday of Francesco Bazzon ‘saccerdote esemplarissimo’, a local parish priest.
FIORILLO, Johann Dominicus.
Geschichte der zeichnenden Künste, von ihrer Wiederauflebung bis auf die neusten Zeiten ...
Göttingen, bei Johann Georg Rosenbusch, 1798 [and Johann Friederich Rower], 1801-1805.
First edition. Fiorillo began as a painter, studying in Rome and Bologna, but turned to art history and became a professor at the University of Gottingen and colleague of Lichtenberg, in 1781. His erudite survey of the art of painting throughout Europe was among the first to make use of medieval documentary...
Catalogue of the celebrated Fountaine collection of Majolica, Henri II Ware, Palissy Ware, Nevers Ware, Limoges...
First day only of the Majolica sale of the Fountaine collection. Andrew Fountain (1676-1753) was ‘the predecessor of Horace Walpole as an arbiter of taste and virtu’ (ODNB). His engravings and drawings were sold in July 1884, pictures in 1894 and porcelain in 1904.
Obsessions and confessions of a book life.
[New Castle], Oak Knoll Press, Books of Kells, Bernard Quaritch, Ltd., 2012.
Reminiscences of an author, bookseller, and publisher, written at the age of eighty-eight. Colin Franklin’s newest book wanders freely through themes which have absorbed him—a lost world of publishing, adventures in bookselling, and the irreplaceable scholarly eccentrics who dominated that world...
Bibliotheca Fictiva: a Collection of Books and Manuscripts Relating to Literary Forgery 400 BC – AD 2000.
London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 2014.
An inventory of books and manuscripts relating to literary forgery. Spanning some twenty-four centuries, the book seeks also to define and describe the controversial genre it represents. Individual entries offer specific commentary on the forgers and their work, their exposers and their dupes. A broad...
Julia Alpinula, Pseudo-Heroine of Helvetia: How a Forged Renaissance Epitaph Fostered a National Myth.
London, The Author, 2015.
Julia Alpinula is a legendary Swiss heroine, whose pathetic fate in AD 69 inspired popular historians, dramatists, artists, and poets – including an infatuated Byron – over a period of more than two hundred years. Her very existence, however, was based entirely on a funerary inscription first published...
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).
GANF, Iulii Abramovich, and P. PISKUNOV, editor.
Да здравствует конституция страны социализма!...
Moscow, Gosudarstvennoe izdatel’stvo izobrazitel’nogo iskusstva, 1953.
Typically Soviet poster illustrated by graphic artist Iuli Ganf, whose satirical work was published in magazines and newspapers such as Krokodil.