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. FUHRMANN, Ernst.

    China. Erster Teil: Das Land der Mitte.

    Hagen, Folkwang-Verlag, 1921.

    First edition of two of the most celebrated works on Chinese religious architecture, published as volumes IV and V of Geist, Kunst und Leben Asiens, with hundreds of pictures of temples and Buddhist sculptures, some of which are now lost. The second volume deals in particular with the Lingyan...

    £175

  2. 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.

    £700

  3. GERVASIO, Agostino.

    Intorno alla iscrizione puteolana de’ Luccei osservazioni ...

    Naples, Stamperia Reale, 1851.

    First edition. Gervasio attempts a new interpretation of an ancient inscription discovered in Pozzuoli.

    £150

  4. GROSSI, G. B. Gennaro.

    Le Belle Arti.

    Naples, dalla tipografia del Giornale Enciclopedico, 1820.

    First edition in book form, reprinted from the Giornale Enciclopedico di Napoli, with some additional material in an appendix to the second volume. The first volume is on the music and musicians of Naples, the second volume deals with Neapolitan painters up to the eighteenth century.

    £150

  5. GRÜNEISEN, C.

    Niclaus Manuel. Leben und Werke eines Malers und Dichters. Kriegers, Staatsmannes und Reformators im sechszehnten...

    Tubingen, Cotta, 1837.

    First edition of the first separate biography of the Bern painter and woodcutter Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (1525-1571).

    £250

  6. 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

  7. [HILLER, Johann Adam, editor].

    Anecdoten zur Lebensgeschichte berühmter französischer, deutscher, italienischer, holländischer...

    Leipzig, Lankisch, 1762.

    Scarce first edition of Hiller’s two-volume collection of literary, philosophical and historical anecdotes. The editor’s note at the end mentions the contemporary publication of a French work of similar inspiration, and states the editor’s intention to translate it and publish it as a sequel to...

    £175

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. LA ROQUE, Jean de.

    Voyage de Syrie et du Mont-Liban. Contenant la description de tout le pays compris sous le nom de Liban et d’Anti-Liban,...

    Amsterdam, Herman Uytwerf, 1723.

    Second edition (first Paris 1722) of La Roque’s account of his first journey to the Arab world, undertaken in 1689 when he visited Syria and Lebanon. The son of a Marseille coffee merchant, La Roque (1661–1745) was a journalist, traveller, and one of the founders of the Académie de Marseille....

    £1500

  13. LA SERRE, Jean-Puget de.

    Grab-Statt der weltlichen Ergötzlichkeiten, einstens in Französischer Sprache zubereitet … anjetzt...

    Regensburg, Johann Conrad Peetz und Bader, 1738.

    First edition in German of Tombeau des délices du monde, by the French dramatist and historian Jean-Puget de la Serre (1594–1665).

    £475

  14. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    The Caliph’s Design. Architects! Where is your Vortex?

    London, The Egoist Ltd., 1919.

    First edition, a pamphlet of art criticism, particularly an attack on ugly modern architecture; there is (rare) praise for Cézanne and Picasso. It was printed in an edition of 1000, of which 121 were distributed gratis and 84 eventually remaindered and returned to Lewis.

    £400

  15. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    Wyndham Lewis the Artist. From ‘Blast’ to Burlington House’ …

    London, Laidlaw & Laidlaw, [1939].

    First edition, first issue. Pound & Grover A29a; Morrow & Lafourcade A29

    £125

  16. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    The Art of Wyndham Lewis. Edited by C. Handley-Read with an Essay on Detail in the Artist’s Style, a chronological...

    London, Faber and Faber Limited, [1951].

    First edition, inscribed ‘To Geoffrey Bridson from W. L.’ The first monograph devoted to Lewis. The absence of some of the plates is curious – some were evidently cut out by Bridson, but there is no sign of the frontispiece ever having been in this copy, nor anything after plate 42. Was...

    £200

  17. [LEWIS, Wyndham.]

    Agenda. Wyndham Lewis Special Issue.

    [London, Poets and Painters Press (William Cookson), 1969.]

    A triple issue of Agenda devoted to Lewis. Bridson’s article, ‘The making of The Human Age’ appears on pp. 163-171, and mentions his own inscribed copy of the work; also included are the talk commissioned from I. A. Richards before the broadcast of The Childermass, two articles by...

    £75

  18. LEWIS, Wyndham.

    The Demon of Progress in the Arts.

    London, Methuen & Co. Ltd., 1954.

    First edition, inscribed ‘To Geoffrey / my best copy / Wyndham’. Lewis breaks here with abstraction in the arts, naming Michael Ayrton, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, Ceri Richards and others as ‘the finest group of painters and sculptors which England has ever known’. Ayrton collaborated...

    £650

  19. 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