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. [FROBEN, Johannes].

    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).

    £12000

  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. GASPERINI, Oreste.

    Ente radio rurale radioprogramma scolasico n. 55 del 26 febbraio 1938 XVI ore 10:30: Come si diventa aviatori.

    Rome, Tumminelli & Co., 1938.

    The Rural Radio Organization (EER) was instrumental in bringing political and cultural propaganda to rural communities during the Ventennio. It did so by launching a series of campaigns highlighting Italian military achievements, the technological advancements of modern warfare, historical programming...

    £450

  4. GERSAINT, Edme.

    Catalogue raisonné de toutes les pieces qui forment l’oeuvre de Rembrandt … avec le augmentations nécessaires...

    Paris, chez Hochereau, 1751.

    YVER, Pierre. Supplement au catalogue raisonné de M.M. Gersaint, Helle & Glomy de toutes les pieces qui forment l’oeuvre de Rembrandt. Amsterdam, chez Pierre Yver, Marchand de Tableaux & d’Estampes, 1756.

    £1400

  5. 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

  6. GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS – Christopher SANDFORD, Anthony SANDFORD, and Owen RUTTER.

    Chanticleer. A Bibliography of the Golden Cockerel...

    London: The Golden Cockerel Press, 1936.

    First edition, no. 103 of 300 specially-bound copies signed by Christopher and Anthony Sandford, Owen Rutter, and Francis J. Newbery. This is the first of the four bibliographies published by the Golden Cockerel Press, and it provides a record of the press’ productions between April 1921 and...

    £350

  7. GOLDEN COCKEREL PRESS – Christopher SANDFORD.

    Cockalorum. A Sequel to Chanticleer and Pertelote. Being a Bibliography of the...

    [London]: The Golden Cockerel Press, [1950].

    First edition, no. 232 of 250 specially-bound copies signed by Sandford. Cockalorum was the third of the four bibliographies of its publications that the Golden Cockerel Press issued, and it spans the period between June 1943 and December 1948. During this time, as Sandford records in his...

    £250

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. [GWYNN, John].

    An Essay on Design: including Proposals for erecting a public Academy to be supported by voluntary Subscription...

    London, Printed: and sold by John Brindley ... S. Harding ... & M. Payne ... 1749.

    First edition of the first public appeal for a national academy of arts. John Gwynn’s Essay called attention to the inadequacy of art training in England. ‘Whatever thoughts about an academy were in the air at the time were set in motion by the Essay’ (Harris). It was Gwynn’s first salvo in a...

    £1200

  11. 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

  12. HAYLEY, William.

    Ode, inscribed to John Howard, Esq. F.R.S. author of “The State of English and Foreign Prisons” …

    London, printed for J. Dodsley, 1780

    First edition of Hayley’s didactic poem on John Howard, the prison reformer. A second edition appeared the following year.

    £275

  13. [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

  14. HOOPER, Luther.

    Hand-loom weaving plain & ornamental ... with line drawings by the author & Noel Rooke: also collotype illustrations...

    London, John Hogg, 1910.

    First edition, the copy owned and used by Ethel (later Mary) Gill (1878-1961), wife of Eric Gill (1882-1940), and later by their second daughter Petra (1906-1999). Petra was born the year before the Gills moved to Ditchling in Sussex, where they established a remarkable, largely Catholic, community of...

    £200

  15. HOPFER.

    Opera Hopferiana. 92 Abdrücke von Stahlplatten der Gebrüder Daniel, Hieronymus und Lambrecht Hopfer.

    Frankfurt, C. W. Silberberg,

    Daniel Hopfer (c.1470-1536) was one of the most important Harnischätzer (armourer and etcher of armour) in the artistic circle around Emperor Maximilian I at Augsburg. Hopfer is widely credited to be the first who transferred etching of armour to printmaking, thus becoming the inventor of etching as...

    £8500

  16. 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

  17. 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...

    £200

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. KEELY, Patrick Cokayne.

    SEPSIS Get First Aid. The Ministry of Labour and National Service and produced by the Royal Society for...

    London, Loxley Bros., 1943.

    The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) was responsible for the production of safety propaganda material used in those factories and workshops supplying the war effort. It was underwritten by the Ministry of Labour and National Service, which was responsible for military recruitment...

    £300