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. [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

  2. (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

  3. [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

  4. NIBBY, Antonio.

    Della via Portuense e dell’ antica città di Porto ...

    Rome, 1827

    First edition. Lacks the plate volume.

    £75

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. OPPENORD, Gilles-Marie.

    Album containing plates from the Grand Oppenord and several rare proof plates.

    Paris, chez Huquier, [c. 1740].

    An interesting album containing plates from the Grand Oppenord, Huquier’s important publication issuing the ornament designs of Oppenord in print. Oppenord (1672-1742) was an important contributor to the development of the rococo style in Europe, adapting Italian baroque ornament to suit French taste....

    £2500

  9. PAPWORTH, John.

    Select views of London; with historical and descriptive sketches of some of the most interesting of its public...

    London, Rudolf Ackermann, 1816.

    First edition of this guide to the finest historical buildings and house interiors of London, compiling Papworth’s contributions to Ackermann’s monthly periodical, ‘The Repository of the Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics,’ for the first time.  Each of the 76 plates...

    £4250

  10. [PARIS UPRISING].

    Votez toujours. Je ferai le reste [Always vote. I’ll do the rest].

    Paris, Comite d'initiative pour un movement revolutionnaire, Imprimerie Robert et Cie, 1968.

    First edition. A striking image of General De Gaulle patting France on the head for obediently voting, a baton cunningly concealed behind him. 1968 was a year when passions were flying high in France. The communist and socialist parties had formed an alliance in February with a view to replacing the...

    £550

  11. PARKER, Thomas Netherton.

    Leaves out of the book of a country gentleman.

    Oswestry, printed and sold by W. Price …, 1847

    First and only edition of this very rare privately published compilation by Parker of his mostly unpublished farm and estate experiments and inventions. This copy with bold mss. presentation by Parker on the front cover: ‘The Earl of Powis, From the Author’. The title-page informs that ‘A hundred...

    £1950

  12. PARLIAMENTARY RECRUITING COMMITTEE.

    Which? Have you a reason or only an excuse for not enlisting Now!

    London, The Abbey Press, 1915.

    A forthright call to the men of London, encouraging them to enlist for military service during World War One.

    £250

  13. PAYNE, Anthony.

    Richard Hakluyt. A guide to his books and to those associated with him, 1580–1625.

    [London], Quaritch, 2008.

    In this guide various approaches to Hakluyt’s books are suggested under a number of interrelated headings – his patronage and connections; Italian and French influences; his use of illustration and his presentation of texts; his intentions; and his impact and readership. It is hoped that it will...

    £20

  14. PECCHIO, Giuseppe.

    Storia della economia pubblica in Italia, ossia epilogo critico degli economisti italiani, preceduto da un’...

    Lugano, Tipografia della Svizzera Italiana, 1849.

    Third edition (first, Lugano, 1829) of a companion piece to Custodi’s monumental Scrittori classici italiani di economia politica, published in 50 volumes, 1803–16. With this work Pecchio supplies a biographical account of each author, as well as a historical introduction, chapters devoted to the...

    £50

  15. PFIZMAIER, August.

    Woerterbuch der japanischen Sprache.

    Erste Lieferung [all published]. Vienna, in Commission bei Carl Gerold und Sohn, 1851.

    First edition of the first Japanese – German dictionary, which gives the Kanji (Chinese) characters together with the Katakana sound. On facing pages are printed the German (expansive) and English (shorter) translations or definitions together with the transliterated version. The work was handsomely...

    £650

  16. PFYFFER VON WYHER, Ludwig.

    Panorama oder Zirkel-Aussicht vom Rigi Berg. Guide des voyageurs sur le mont Righi.

    Lucerne, bey Xaver Meyer, 1820.

    Fine panorama of the 360 degree view from the Rigi Mountain in Switzerland. The panorama map also has 4 individual views engraved in the corners: view of the mountain from the valley; view of the cottage at the highest point, view from a higher mountain down to the Rigi mountain; and larger scale map....

    £850

  17. PIECK, Henri C.

    10 Dagen Die De Wereld Deden Wankelen.

    Amsterdam, Skovino, 1927.

    A rare lithograph of Pieck’s dramatic illustration for Ten Days that Shook the World (October in English), a silent film commissioned by the Soviet government to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the October Revolution. Made by the director of Battleship Potemkin (1925), Sergei Eisenstein, the...

    £300

  18. POPE, Arthur Upham, and Phyllis ACKERMAN, editors.

    A survey of Persian art from prehistoric times to the present . . . Published...

    London and New York, Oxford University Press, 1938–9.

    First edition. ‘During the 1930s, the study of Iranian art and architecture was promoted intensively, and the widely held view that Iran had been the cultural centre of the Muslim world reached a climax. The pertinent events of the decade can hardly be understood without reference to Arthur...

    £2750

  19. PORCELAIN PAINTS CASE.

    Black folding linen case containing a set of 98 glass vials filled with original powder pigments for painting...

    [Germany, c. 1880s].

    An unusual survival. This is a porcelain painter’s over glaze pigment case which contains a wide variety of colours. The numbered vials presumably enabled the craftsman to follow a pre-determined colour scheme corresponding to a numbered master diagram which indicated which hues were to be applied where.

    £1500