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.
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...
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.
Les Delices de Windsore; or a Description of Windsor Castle, and the Country adjacent, treating, I. Of the Castle....
Eton: Printed by Joseph, and Thomas Pote, 1755.
First edition of a much-reprinted pocket companion to Windsor ‘for the use of Strangers, and other Persons, who visit this our Royal Castle’. It is ‘for the most part an Extract from a larger Work publish’d in Quarto a few Years since’ (Pote’s own work The History and Antiquities of Windsor...
QUARITCH, Bernard Alexander Christian, editor.
Contributions towards a Dictionary of English Book-Collectors as also of some Foreign...
London, Bernard Quaritch Ltd, 1969.
A facsimile reprint of Quaritch’s series of profiles of bibliophiles, with brief lists of the treasures of their collections and notes on their dispersal at auction or in the trade, which remains a useful resource both for the history of book-collecting in Britain and for provenance research. Contributions...
[RALEIGH, Henry Patrick].
Must children die and mothers plead in vain? Buy More Liberty Bonds.
New York, Sakett & Wilhelms Corp., .
This poster was produced to for the sale of the third or fourth liberty loans in 1918, which saw the printing of 9 and 10 million promotional posters produced, respectively. The large-scale of the effort was seen to reflect a turning point in war advertising. As the US was an immigrant nation, the Federal...
A new critical review of the publick buildings, statues and ornaments, in and about London and Westminster. With...
London, printed by C. Ackers … for J. Clarke …, 1736.
Second edition of the earliest piece of architectural criticism in English, and the first book which gives a favourable account of English Palladian architecture as typified by Lord Burlington inspired recent buildings. This is an influential book, despite the hostility it encountered on publication....
RAVERAT, Gwendolen Mary.
The Wood Engravings of Gwen Raverat. Selected with an Introduction by Reynolds Stone.
London, The University Press, Cambridge for Faber and Faber, 1959.
First edition. This was the first catalogue of the wood-engravings of Raverat (1885-1957) to be published, and the works were selected and edited by the distinguished wood-engraver Reynolds Stone (1909-1979), who later wrote of her that, ‘Everything that Gwen Raverat undertook was done with intelligence...
Bericht über die Armen-Erziehungs-Anstalt in Hofwyl, im Namen der zu Beaufsichtigung derselben niedergesetzten...
Tubingen, Cotta, 1815.
First edition of an account of the agricultural school for poor children founded by Philipp Emanuel von Fellenberg on the estate of Hofwyl in Switzerland in 1799. This is a detailed account of the workings of the school, and its ethos, which was designed to be self supporting and taught children the...
La saeta …
[Colophon:] Rio de Janeiro, Villas Boas, 1931.
First edition, one of 300 copies on papel Manchester Ledger.
Castone della Torre di. Discorsi accademici del conte … segretario perpetuo della R. Accademia delle Belle Arti.
Parma, [Bodoni], 1772.
First and only edition of an exquisite little product of the Bodoni house: Count Rezzonico’s reflections on the fine arts, including a dissertation on the techniques of woodcut and engraving. The Neo-Classical aesthetics that inform this work are reflected in the illustrations, masterfully executed...
RICCI, Giovanni and PORTA, Ercolano.
Storia della missione francescana e del Vicariato Apostolico del Hunan meridionale dalle sue...
Bologna, Stabilimenti tipografici riuniti, 1925.
First and only edition of this history of the Franciscan Mission in South Hunan from its establishment to 1924, with particular attention to the persecution of the Christians during the Boxer Rebellion and the following years of restoration and progress of the mission. The appendix comprises letters,...
An attempt to discriminate the styles of English architecture from the Conquest to the Reformation with notices...
Second, much enlarged edition, of Rickman’s celebrated investigation into Gothic architecture which was originally published in 1817. ‘This, the first systematic treatise on Gothic architecture in England, soon became well known, and Rickman’s nomenclature was followed by all subsequent writers...
The dwellings of the labouring classes, their arrangement and construction, illustrated by a reference to the model...
London, Society for Improving the Condition of the Labouring Classes, 1850.
First edition of one of the most important publications on philanthropic housing by the architect and housing reformer Henry Roberts (1803-1876).
ROLAS DU ROSEY, Carl.
Die Kupferstiche, Handzeichnungen und Kunstbibliothek ... deren erste Hälfte Montag, den 13. Juni 1864 [-...
Leipzig, Rudolf Weigel, 1864.
Sale catalogue of the print and drawing collection assembled by the Prussian general Baron Rolas du Rosey (d. 1862). In all 7160 lots were sold. The prices achieved were moderate.
Descriptions and Sketches of some remarkable Oaks, in the Park at Welbeck, in the County of Nottingham, a Seat of...
London, Printed by J. Nichols, for the Author: and sold by B. White and Son … and J. Robson … 1790.
First edition. The park surrounding Welbeck Abbey had always been famed for its oaks (Wren used their timber in the roof of St Paul’s), reckoned to be the largest in Nottinghamshire. Major Rooke (c.1723-1806), a local antiquary, here describes and depicts these magnificent trees, including the famous...
ROUSE, James and Elizabeth.
Rouse’s Scraps of Sussex. [London] Fulham, drawn and published by James Rouse, drawn and engraved...
An uncommon set of charming topographical aquatint views. James Rouse (1773-1840) worked together with his wife, Elizabeth; on one sheet he calls himself a ‘drawing master’. The views show landscapes but delight more often in capturing rural life, cottages, small villages, churches, ruins, abbeys,...
PIEDRABUENA, Antolínez de (pseud.). Carnestolendas de Zaragoza, en sus tres días.
Zaragoza, Agustín Verges for Jusepe Alfay, 1661.
First and only edition, very rare, of this satirical picaresque novel, published under a pseudonym and attributed to a Dominican friar, Benito Ruiz. Among other things, the novel contains the description of the three-day Carnival festival held in Zaragoza in March 1660. The author sketches the feast...
Elements of painting with crayons. The second edition, with additions.
London, printed for J. Wilkie, in St. Paul’s Church-Yard; J. Walter, at Charing Cross; and R. Bishop, Newport-Street, 1777.
Second corrected and enlarged edition of the most comprehensive contemporary record of pastel technique in Great Britain.
[SAINT-YVES, Charles Léoffroy de.]
Observations sur les arts, et sur quelques morceaux de peinture & de sculpture, exposes au...
Leiden, Elias Luzac Junior, 1748.
First edition of an early piece of art criticism, including reflections on the state-sponsored Parisian exhibition of painting and sculpture (Salon) in 1748.
[SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, Joseph von.]
Catalogue raisonné des Espèces et variétés d’Aloès décrites par Ms. Willdenow, Haworth,...
First edition of Joseph von Salm-Reifferscheid-Dyck’s first publication, simultaneously also published in a German language edition. This is the first of a long list of pamphlets in which he describes in some detail his extraordinary collection of succulents or fat plants assembled in the gardens of...