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. MICHELETTI, Giacomo Lolli.

    Tivoli illustrata proposta ai giovani della medesima citta.

    Rome, Mordacchini, 1818.

    First edition of this history of Tivoli.

    £225

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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

  5. [MORCELLI, Stefano Antonio.]

    Indicazione antiquaria per la Villa suburbana dell’eccelentissima casa Albani.

    Rome, presso Vincenzo Proggioli, 1803.

    Second, enlarged edition of Morcelli’s guide book to the collection of sculptures and inscriptions accumulated in the Villa Albani by the collector and patron of art Cardinal Alessandro Albani (1692-1779). Albani had employed Winckelmann as his librarian and curator of his collection. The collection...

    £350

  6. [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

  7. (NAPLES) GELAS, S. .

    Catalogue des statues en bronze exposées dans une grande salle du Musée Bourbon á Naples.

    Naples, 1820

    Uncommon pocket guide to the antique bronzes of the then Real Museo Borbonico in Naples. The bronzes described here were either excavated at Pompeii or Herculaneum or came from the Farnese collection. The critical descriptions give a wealth of information.

    £150

  8. [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

  9. 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

  10. NORDQUIST, Per.

    Strödda handteckningar … Efter originalerna copierade och utgifne i stentryck ...

    Gothenburg, Ludwig Fehr, 1822

    First edition of a scarce series of fine and curious Swedish caricatures, printed in lithography by Ludwig Fehr, a native of Germany, who, together with Carl Müller, had introduced the process to Sweden by setting up the first lithographic press at Stockholm in 1817/18. In 1820 Fehr left for southern...

    £2250

  11. O’NEIL, A. 

    A Dictionary of Spanish Painters, comprehending simply that part of their biography immediately connected with the...

    London, C. O’Neil, 1833-4.

    First edition. The exact identity of the (female) author remains uncertain, but this is a readable and detailed account of the artists of Spain, beginning with a list of the various schools of painters (Valencia, Madrid, Seville), before moving onto individual artists, arranged alphabetically. The biographies...

    £350