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.
Souscription patriotique de la part du beau-sexe de Strasbourg.
[S.l., s.n., 1789?.]
Rare first edition of this entertaining satirical piece on women's clothing, published in the aftermath of the French Revolution. After complaining that the recent craze for ‘gauze, muslin, linen and feathers’ had brought the country to its knees, the text describes how the patriotic women...
The Lady’s economical Assistant, or the Art of cutting out, and making, the most useful Articles of wearing...
London: Printed for John Murray; J. Harding; and A. Constable and Co., Edinburgh; at the Union Printing Office, by W. Wilson, 1808.
First edition, very rare and in excellent state, of the first English guide to tailoring to feature full-size patterns, and indeed only third of any sort in the language. The author has recently been identified as Anne Streatfield, of Uckfield – see Arnold, ‘“The Lady's Economical Assistant”...
TALBOT RICE, David.
Notice on some religious buildings in the city and vilayet of Trebizond. Extrait de Byzantion, tome...
Brussels, Secrétariat de la Revue, 1930.
An offprint from Byzantion. The distinguished Byzantine scholar David Talbot Rice was a lifelong friend of Robert Byron, one of his travelling companions during the visit to Mount Athos recorded in Byron’s The Station, and co-author with him of The birth of Western painting.
TAYLOR, W. B. Sarsfield.
The origin, progress, and present condition of the Fine Arts in Great Britain and Ireland.
London: Whittaker & Co., 1841.
THENOT, Jean Pierre.
Vollständige Anweisung zur Aquarellmalerei und zum Tuschen ... 1. Heft (all published).
Leipzig, Kirchner, 1837.
First German edition, originally published the preceding year in Paris. A charming watercolour manual.
THOMAS, Dylan, and Sir Peter Blake, illustrator.
Under Milk Wood: A Play for Voices.
London: Apple Litho (Bristol) Ltd. for Enitharmon Editions and Queen Anne Press, 2013.
De Luxe edition, number 61 of 100 copies with a signed print by Blake. This finely-produced edition was published to mark the centenary of Dylan Thomas’s birth and celebrates the culmination of over twenty-five years of work by Peter Blake, one of the founding fathers of British Pop Art. The...
A series of prints of Roman History, designed as ornaments for those apartments in which children receive the...
London, John Marshall, 1789.
First edition. Sarah Trimmer was an educational reformer, and philanthropist, being particularly interested in the education of the poor. She was a keen advocate of the didactic use of pictures, as exemplified in the present work, which is the third in a series of six series of prints on different topics...
[UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, OXFORD.]
Subscription list for repairs to the College Chapel.
[Oxford, c. 1860].
A printed appeal from University College, signed by the Master Frederick Charles Plumptre (1796–1870), for funds to improve the interior of the Chapel, with an admission that ‘the College has no funds whatever to devote to such a purpose’. The list of subscribers contains some ninety names.
Specimen bibliographicum de Dalmatia et agro Labeatium ... pro praefecto Bibliothecae S. Marci Venetiarum.
Venice, typis Caecinianis et soc., 1842.
First edition of this bibliography of works on Dalmatia (Croatia) and Montenegro by the librarian and bibliographer Giuseppe Valentinelli (1805–1874), dedicated to Frederick Augustus II of Saxony.
Le vite de’ piu eccellenti pittori, scultori, et architettori … nuovo ampliate … co’ ritratti loro et...
Florence, Giunta, 1568.
First illustrated edition, second overall, of ‘the first critical history of artistic style’ (Grove). Though first published in 1550, it was the 1568 edition which served as ‘the basis for all subsequent editions and translations’ (ibid.), having been thoroughly revised and expanded...
За антиимпериалистическую солидарность, мир и прогресс! [For...
Moscow, Izdatelstvo Plakat, 1975.
A dramatic manifestation of the Soviet Union’s claim to be the foremost enemy of imperialism, and a vehement supporter of independence movements throughout the third world, as demonstrated here by the traditional dress of some of the figures in the background.
A street fight in Rome. A fan leaf drawing.
[Italy, late 18th century].
A fine fan leaf drawing, Italian school, late 18th century, copied from a print by Francesco Villamena of c. 1601. It depicts a street fight between Spanish and French factions in Rome with a view of the villa Mattei in the background. The original copper engraving by Villamena was dedicated to the patron...
VITRUVIUS, and Daniel BARBARO.
De architectura libri decem, cum commentariis … multis aedificiorum, horologiorum, et machinarum...
Venice, Francesco Franceschi & Johann Criegher, 1567.
First Latin edition of Barbaro’s influential commentary, written in collaboration with and finely illustrated by Palladio; ‘the culmination of the Renaissance tradition of Vitruvian studies’ (Cellauri, p. 57 trans.) which ‘served as a foundational text into the next century, as...
VOLOSHIN, Maksimilian Aleksandrovich.
O Repine [On Repin] …
Moscow, “Ole-Lukoie”, 1913.
First edition thus: three pieces written earlier in the year and published in journals on the work of Ilya Repin (1844–1930), often regarded as Russia’s national artist. At the end is an extract from a lecture (1885) by Landtsert on the painting ‘Ivan the Terrible and his Son’. Voloshin (1877–1932)...
WAAGEN, Gustav Friederich.
Verzeichnis der Gemälde-Sammlung des Königlichen Museums zu Berlin.
Sixth edition of Waagen’s catalogue of the Berlin picture gallery, with fifteen new paintings.
WATELET, Claude Henri.
L’Arte della Pittura. Poema con alcune riflessioni che servono di note tradotto in italiano da Nemillo...
Genoa, Paolo & Adamo Scionico, 1765.
First Italian edition, translated from the true first edition (1760) of this didactic poem, Watelet’s first work, composed at the country seat of Moulinjoli after his travels in Germany and Italy. It is dedicated to the members of the Royal Academy of Painting, with a preliminary discourse and reflections...
WILKINSON, W. B.
Chimney Pieces in artificial stone, manufactured by W. B. Wilkinson & Co. Prudhoe Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Newcastle, Lambert, 1866
An interesting broadside trade catalogue offering 17 different designs of fireplaces made of artificial stone. The building firm Wilkinson of Newcastle played an important part in the development of reinforced concrete. Wilkinson is credited with building the first house using reinforced concrete.
A Letter to Dr Mead concerning some Antiquities in Berkshire, particularly shewing that the White Horse, which gives...
Oxford, Printed for Thomas Wood … 1738
First editions. A Letter to Dr Mead was the first serious archaeological study of the Uffington White Horse. Francis Wise, Keeper of the Archives at Oxford University and later a friend of Samuel Johnson, contends that the horse, which he eulogises as a work of art, had Saxon origins, because...
[WOEIRIOT de Bouzey, Pierre (engraver).] CLÉMENT de Treille, Nicolas.
Austrasiae reges et duces epigrammatis.
‘Cologne’ [Nancy or Pont-à-Mousson?], [s.n.,] 1591.
First edition of a scarce collection of portrait medallions of the kings of Austrasia and dukes of Lorraine, from Theuderic I to Charles III. A native of Lorraine, Pierre Woeiriot de Bouzey (1531–1596) practised as a goldsmith in Lyons before moving into painting and sculpture and becoming one...
WREE, Olivier de.
Sigilla comitum Flandriae et inscriptiones diplomatum ab iis editorum, cum exposition historica.
Bruges, Jan-Baptiste van den Kerchove, 1639.
First edition of de Wree’s authoritative catalogue of Flemish seals, an attractive copy in contemporary vellum gilt. Exquisitely engraved by Samuel and Adriaen Lommelin and François Schelhaver the elder and younger, the illustrations offer an accurate and elegant record of the seals of the...