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.
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.
Wyndham Lewis the Artist. From ‘Blast’ to Burlington House’ …
London, Laidlaw & Laidlaw, .
First edition, first issue. Pound & Grover A29a; Morrow & Lafourcade A29
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...
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...
[LEWIS, Wyndham.] MICHEL, Walter.
Wyndham Lewis, Paintings and Drawings. With an introductory Essay by Hugh Kenner.
London, Thames & Hudson, .
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...
[LOO, Pieter van, (attributed).]
156 watercolours of flowers, plants, and fruits.
[Holland, c. 1760–80].
A truly stunning collection of over 150 original eighteenth-century botanical watercolours, attributed to the noted Dutch botanical artist Pieter van Loo (1731–1784).
MARLBOROUGH, John Churchill, Duke of.
Document, signed ‘Marlborough’, appointing a gunner at the Canadian settlement...
[London,] Office of Ordnance, 24 December 1714.
A commission appointing the intended recipient (never filled in) ‘to be one of the Gunners belonging to his Ma.ties Guarrison of Annapolis Royall, you are therefore Carefully and Diligently to Discharge the Duty of a Gunner in the said service by doing performing all manner of things thereunto belonging...
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...
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...
‘MAWE, Thomas’ [but John ABERCROMBIE].
Every Man his own Gardener. Being a new, and much more complete Gardener’s...
London: Printed for W. Griffith … 1767.
Second edition, published in the same year as the first, of an immensely popular work, which went through at least twenty-five editions. ‘Abercrombie was the son of a market gardener near Edinburgh who went on to be a gardener at Kew and Leicester House, as well as for a number of noblemen...
Ioannis Meursi Regnum Atticum, sive de regibus Atheniensium, eorumque rebus gestis, libri III.
Amsterdam, Jan Jansson, 1633.
First edition, a study of ancient Attic mythology and history by the Dutch classicist Meursius (Jan van Meurs, 1579–1639).
MICHELETTI, Giacomo Lolli.
Tivoli illustrata proposta ai giovani della medesima citta.
Rome, Mordacchini, 1818.
First edition of this history of Tivoli.
Catalogue des estampes des plus grands maitres, tableaux, bagues, livres, vases, idoles, &. qui composent la...
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...
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.
Les arts musulmans.
Paris and Brussels, G. van Oest, 1926.
First edition, published in the series Bibliothèque d’histoire de l’art.
Risposta alle reflessioni critiche sopra le differenti scuole di Pitture del Sig. Marchese d'Argens.
Lucca, per il Busdrago, 1755
Not in Cicognara or Schlosser-Magnino.
DIENES, André de. Marilyn.
Cologne, Taschen, 2002.
First edition of this celebratory book on Marilyn Monroe, collecting photographs by her friend (and briefly lover) André de Dienes, who met Norma-Jean in 1945 and helped launch her career.
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.
MYERS, Robin, Andrew BURNETT, and Renae SATTERLEY.
‘I do not eat the bread of idleness’: Dr Andrew Coltée Ducarel 1713–1785,...
The Garendon Press, 2023.
This volume brings together revised versions of four of Robin Myers’s papers on aspects of Ducarel’s life and work published between 1994 and 2002, and ‘The Life and Times of the Ducarel Brothers’, her recent introductory essay to Two Huguenot Brothers: Letters of Andrew and James Coltée...