Art & Architecture

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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.

  1. HALL, Trevor H.

    The Winder sale of old conjuring books.

    Leeds, W. S. Maney & Son Ltd., 1975.

    First edition, number 52 of 250 copies, numbered and signed by the author, of this study of the public dispersal of the Leeds-based collector Roland Winder’s library of conjuring books. In his preface, Hall terms this pamphlet ‘a footnote to the chapter, ‘Libraries and Collectors,’ in [his earlier...

    £180

  2. [HOLLINGSWORTH, Nathaniel John.]

    Fleurs. A poem, in four books.

    Newcastle, printed for the author by Edw. Walker …, 1821.

    First and only edition of this long blank verse description of Floors Castle, the seat of the Duke of Roxburgh near Kelso in south-east Scotland. The castle was built by the leading Scottish architect of his day, William Adam, father of Robert Adam, for the 1st Duke of Roxburgh between 1721-1726. Hollingsworth’s...

    £750

  3. HORNER, John.

    Buildings in the town and parish of Halifax. Drawn from nature and on stone by John Horner.

    Halifax, published by Robert Leyland, 1835.

    First and only edition of an album with fine large litho views of buildings in and around Halifax, West Yorkshire. John Horner was a local artist who lived in Halifax; this is his only published work.

    £950

  4. HOWITT, William.

    The rural and domestic life of Germany: with characteristic sketches of its cities and scenery, collected in a...

    London, Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1842

    A fine copy of the first edition of Howitt’s account of his travels in Germany and Austria, and one of the best books in English about German life at the time. Howitt had moved with his family to Heidelberg in 1840 and stayed in Germany for more than two years on account of the education of his older...

    £100

  5. [HUET, Pierre-Daniel.]

    Le grand tresor historique et politique du florissant commerce des Hollandois, dans tous les etats et empires...

    Paris, François Fournier, 1714.

    Later edition of this work on Dutch commerce and trade attributed to Pierre-Daniel Huet (1630–1721), famous as the editor of the Delphin Classics, with a charming bookplate.

    £100

  6. HUGHES, Langston and BONTEMPS, Arna (edit.); ZHANG QI (transl.).

    Hei ren shi xuan [The poetry of the Negro].

    Beijing, Renmin wenxue chubanshe, 1959.


    Very rare second edition (first edition 1957) of the Chinese translation of The poetry of the Negro, 1746 – 1949, an anthology of poems by African American writers first published in the United States in 1949 and including, amongst others, George Moses Horton, James Weldon Johnson, Paul Lawrence...

    £500

  7. JACOBSON, Ken.

    Odalisques & Arabesques: Orientalist Photography 1839–1925.

    [London], Quaritch, 2007.

    Profusely illustrated, this is the most comprehensive survey to date of nineteenth- and early twentieth-century photography of the Middle East and North Africa. Using Orientalist painting as a counterpoint, it primarily relates the extraordinarily rich visual documentation of the peoples and cultures...

    £60

  8. LABORDE, Ernest.

    Vieilles maisons boutiques & paysages de Paris. Eaux fortes originales de Ernest Laborde. Presentées par Gustave...

    Paris, Jules Meynial, 1918 [1919].

    First edition, very rare: two series of twenty etchings each on the most picturesque houses and shops in Paris, produced between 1911 and 1918 by Ernest Laborde (1870–1935).

    £1950

  9. LINDSETH, Jon A., and Alan TANNENBAUM, eds.

    Alice in a World of Wonderlands: the Translations of Lewis Carroll’s Masterpiece.

    Newcastle, DE, Oak Knoll Press, 2015.

    This is the most extensive analysis ever done of translations of any single English language novel. On 4 October 1866 Charles Lutwidge Dodgson/Lewis Carroll wrote to his publisher Macmillan stating "Friends here [in Oxford] seem to think that the book is untranslatable." But his friends were wrong, as...

    £199

  10. LOUVAT, R.

    Thousands of Frenchmen dead for resistance.

    This poster, along with two others designed by Louvat in 1944, was produced by the French Forces of the Interior (FFI), a name used by Charles de Gaulle for the French Resistance movement towards the end of the Second World War. In June 1944, the FFI was involved in the Allied invasion of Normandy and...

    £75

  11. MARLIANI, Bartolomeo.

    Urbis Romae topographia.

    Rome, Valerio & Luigi Dorico, September 1544.

    First illustrated edition (third overall), showing the archaeology and antiquities of Rome as known in the sixteenth century. First published in octavo by Antonio Blado in 1534 and reprinted at Lyons by Sébastien Gryphe later the same year, Marliani’s topography of Rome remained the foremost...

    £5500

  12. [MATHIEU, Adolphe.]

    Notice sur Frédéric-Auguste-Ferdinand-Thomass Baron de Reiffenberg ...

    Mons, Hoyois, 1850

    Only edition, published in 100 copies by the Société des Bibliophiles Belges. Reifenberg (1795-1850) was the Keeper of the Belgian Royal Library from 1837 until his death in 1850. This obituary was written by his friend the poet Adolphe Mathieu. He gives a bibliography of works written or edited by...

    £85

  13. MICHELETTI, Giacomo Lolli.

    Tivoli illustrata proposta ai giovani della medesima citta.

    Rome, Mordacchini, 1818.

    First edition of this history of Tivoli.

    £225

  14. MICHETTI, Charles.

    Catalogue des estampes des plus grands maitres, tableaux, bagues, livres, vases, idoles, &. qui composent la...

    Vienna, 1790.

    First edition. Description of the cabinet assembled by Charles Michetti in Vienna. Michetti stresses in his introduction that his collection was put together not for financial gain but because he liked the look of the pieces and appreciated their artistic merit. The bulk of the collection is made up...

    £350

  15. MIDDLETON, Charles.

    Designs for Gates and Rails suitable to Parks, Pleasure Grounds, Balconys &c, also some Design for Trellis...

    London, Published by J. Taylor, at the Architectural Library …, [c. 1805].

    First edition of this charming pattern book of garden designs by Charles Middleton which concentrates on gates, rustic fences and trelliswork. Middleton was a pupil of William Paine, and rather than finding success as a building architect he produced a number of fine architectural pattern books.

    £675

  16. MIGEON, Gaston.

    Les arts musulmans.

    Paris and Brussels, G. van Oest, 1926.

    First edition, published in the series Bibliothèque d’histoire de l’art.

    £85

  17. [MUSÉE NAPOLÉON.]

    Notice des tableaux exposés dans la Galerie Napoléon.

    Paris, Bubray, 1810.

    Pocket guide to the pictures exhibited in the Musée Napoléon. The collection was largely composed of paintings looted by Napoleon; the museum was dissolved after Waterloo and and attempts were made to return the pictures to their rightful owners.

    £125

  18. [NATIONAL SOCIALISM] [OCCUPIED FRANCE]

    Finis les mauvais jours! Papa gagne de l’argent en Allemagne! [The bad days are over!...

    [Paris], Office de Répartition de l´Affichage, 1943.

    Rare, encouraging the voluntary relocation of French workers from impoverished and semi-starved France to Germany factories.

    £350

  19. NIXON, John.

    Marmor Estonianum seu Dissertatio de sella marmorea votiva Estoniae, in Agro Northamptoniensi conservata.

    London, Typis J. Bettenham, 1744.

    First edition of Nixon’s essay on the well preserved fragment of an ancient marble seat, with a Greek inscription, unearthed in a Northamptonshire field by a farmer ploughing.

    £150