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. REZZONICO, Carlo.

    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...

    £700

  2. 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,...

    £450

  3. RICKMAN, Thomas.

    An attempt to discriminate the styles of English architecture from the Conquest to the Reformation with notices...

    London, [1819].

    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...

    £275

  4. ROBERTS, Henry.

    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).

    £550

  5. 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.

    £250

  6. ROOKE, Hayman.

    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...

    £850

  7. 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,...

    £950

  8. [RUIZ, Benito.]

    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...

    £4750

  9. RUSSELL, John.

    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.

    £1250

  10. [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.

    £250

  11. [SALM-REIFFERSCHEID-DYCK, Joseph von.]

    Catalogue raisonné des Espèces et variétés d’Aloès décrites par Ms. Willdenow, Haworth,...

    [Duesseldorf, 1817].

    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...

    £220

  12. [SALON DE 1850.]

    Explication des ouvrages de peinture, sculpture, architecture, gravure et lithographie des artists vivants exposés...

    Paris, 1850.

    Catalogue for the Salon of 1850, the exhibition of contemporary French artists in Paris. The submissions of architectural drawings get the most detailed treatment although the first medal in the architecture section was not awarded.

    £75

  13. [SAMBLANX]. [BAUDELAIRE]. POE, Edgar.

    Vingt Histoires Extraordinaires. Illustrées par quarante et une eaux-fortes originales de...

    Paris, Le Livre de Plantin, 1927

    First edition of Baudelaire’s celebrated translation to appear with these striking illustrations by Alméry Lobel-Riche, his close friend who was to illustrate the whole Baudelaire canon during the 1920s and early 1930s. Lobel-Riche described Baudelaire as “le premier, le plus grand poète de la...

    £4000

  14. [SANDBY, Thomas Paul, the younger.]

    Trade card advertising the services of ‘T. Sandby Junr., St. Georges Row Oxford Street, terms...

    [London], published by T. Sandby Junr, Georges Row, May 1791.

    A rare advertising card for drawing lessons by Thomas Paul Sandby, son of Paul Sandby. The design is one of the very few ephemeral pieces drawn by the painter Benjamin West.

    £750

  15. SAYER, Robert.

    A Catalogue of new and useful Maps, curious & entertaining Prints, Books of Architecture, great Variety of Drawing...

    [London, Sayer, 1766 or earlier].

    An attractive piece of ephemera, advertising Robert Sayer’s publishing and print-selling business. It shows at the top left corner a double-page spread from one of Robert Morris’ books on architecture, possibly Select Architecture or Architecture Improved, both published by Sayer in...

    £525

  16. [SCHILLER, Friedrich von.]

    Friedrich von Schiller’s Bibliothek. Mit einem Facsimile aus seinem eigenhändigen Bücherverzeichnisse....

    Berlin, J. A. Stargardt, [1859].

    One of a very few surviving copies of this booksellers’ catalogue of part of Schiller’s library. The engraved folding plate is a facsimile of a manuscript list of the books in Schiller’s hand.

    £1750

  17. [SCHLOSSER, Johann Albert]. BODDAERT, Pieter.

    Epistola ad virum celeberrimum Johannem Burmannum … De Chaetodonte Argo descripto...

    Amsterdam, apud Cornelium van Tongerlo, 1770

    First and only edition of Boddaert’s description of this Indo-West Pacific fish species found in the Schlosser natural history cabinet. This is the first monograph on this particular fish species. Boddaert substantially redescribes and for the first time illustrates the species. In his description...

    £675