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.
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...
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...
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.
Catalogue raisonné de l’excellent et nombreuse collection d’estampes et de desseins qui composaient le cabinet...
Brussels, chez Jos. Ermens, 1789
A rare sale catalogue of the important prints and drawing collection of the English collector and amateur etcher James Hazard (1748-1787) who was born in London but lived most of his life in Brussels, where he also died falling off his horse. Hazard was a man of independent means who devoted his short...
HENREY, Blanche Elizabeth Edith.
British Botanical and Horticultural Literature before 1800. Comprising a History and Bibliography...
London: Oxford University Press, 1975.
First edition. Henrey’s comprehensive and authoritative historical and bibliographical account of early British botanical works: ‘Blanche Henrey's elegantly printed British Botanical and Horticultural Literature before 1800 (3 vols, Oxford, 1975) is [a] useful point of entry for research and...
[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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
A New Description of the Pictures, Statues, Bustos, Basso-Relievos, and other Curiosities at the Earl of Pembroke’s...
Salisbury: Printed by Benjamin Collins... sold by R.Baldwin, 1758.
First edition of Kennedy’s guide book to the art collections of Wilton House in Wiltshire, seat of the Earls of Pembroke. This is the first proper guide book to the Wilton House collections. This catalogue is annotated from Pembroke’s own manuscript notes. Contemporaries, like Winckelmann and Horace...
Le Mont Athos. Suite de douze eaux-fortes originales et inédites par Lyc. Kogévinas. Préface de Charles Diehl.
Paris, A la Belle Edition, .
First edition of this splendid suite of etchings of the monasteries of Mount Athos. This is number 78 of 250 suites printed (of which those numbered 1–25 are on Japon Impérial paper and those numbered 26–250 are on Holland Van Gelder paper).
Vieilles maisons boutiques & paysages de Paris. Eaux fortes originales de Ernest Laborde. Presentées par Gustave...
Paris, Jules Meynial, 1918 .
First edition, very rare: two series of 20 etchings each on the most picturesque houses and shops in Paris, produced 1911-1918 by Ernest Laborde (1870-1935).
[LAUGIER, Marc-Antoine, Abbé].
Essai sur l'Architecture.
Paris, chez Duchesne, 1753.
First edition of Laugier’s important and influential Essai advocating a return to the use of geometrical forms in architecture rather than the embellishment of the Orders, and determining the regular layout of streets and squares in city planning, with special reference to Paris, and calling for a...
LAUGIER, Marc-Antoine, Abbé.
Maniere de bien juger des ouvrages de peinture.
Paris, Claude-Antoine Jombert, 1771.
First edition. In three parts, this pocket-sized guide to the connoisseurship of paintings covers the innate qualities one must possess to be able to assess art; the studies one must undertake – including natural science, geography and history; and a suggested methodology.
An Ordinance by the Lords and Commons assembled in Parliament, for the Preservation and Keeping together for publique...
London, Printed for Edw. Husbands, 1643.
First edition, an important document for the preservation of libraries and archives in the Civil War. It deplores as ‘prejudiciall to the publique’ any ‘dispersing by sale or otherwise’ of books seized by the parliamentary Committees for Sequestration or Distresses, whether ‘Manuscripts or...
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...
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...
Historia typographorum aliquot Parisiensium vitas et libros complectens.
London, William Bowyer for Christopher Bateman, 1717.
First edition of the earliest historical and bibliographical monograph on 16th century Parisian typography. It was elegantly printed by William Bowyer for Bateman in an edition of 250 copies on ordinary paper and 24 copies on Royal paper (see Maslen and Lancaster, Bowyer ledgers, 407). It was dedicated...