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. PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.

    De Romanorum magnificentia et architectura. Della magnificenza ed architettura de’ Romani.

    Rome, 1761.

    First edition, a handsome copy, bound without the portrait of Clement XIII to whom the work was dedicated, of Piranesi’s magnificent defence of Roman architecture, intended to counter the claims of Laugier, Le Roy and Winckelmann for Greece’s architectural superiority. The splendid plates...

    £12000

  2. DESGODETS, Antoine.

    Les edifices antiques de Rome dessinés et mesurés très exactement ...

    Paris, Jean-Baptiste Coignard, 1682.

    First edition of this spectacular folio production, based on the most accurate measurements of Roman architecture of the time. Sent to Rome by Colbert in 1674, Desgodets spent sixteen months measuring the most important buildings with greater accuracy than ever before. The resulting drawings of...

    £9000

  3. VASARI, Giorgio.

    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...

    £3750

  4. 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...

    £3750

  5. 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

  6. PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.

    Veduta delle due Chiese, l’una detta della Madonna di Loreto l’altra del Nome di Maria presso...

    [Rome, c. 1762].

    A marvellous view of Rome by Piranesi, from an original edition printed in Rome, bearing the price (‘a paoli due e mezzo’), with wide margins and the ‘double encircled fleur-de-lys’ watermark.

    £2200

  7. LABORDE, Ernest.

    Vieilles maisons boutiques & paysages de Paris. Eaux fortes originales de Ernest Laborde. Presentées par Gustave...

    Paris, Jules Meynial, 1918 [1919].

    First edition, very rare: two series of twenty etchings each on the most picturesque houses and shops in Paris, produced between 1911 and 1918 by Ernest Laborde (1870–1935).

    £1950

  8. CARDONNEL, Adam de.

    Picturesque Antiquities of Scotland [I–II] …

    London: Printed for the Author, and sold by Edwards … also by Edwards’s, in Halifax. 1788.

    First edition, the very rare issue with the plates in sepia, printed directly onto thick wove paper.

    £975

  9. [ANTIQUARIAN]

    Architectural Antiquities from the Sussex Coast.

    [Sussex], July 21st – 10th August 1837.

    An interesting and charming antiquarian manuscript illustrating medieval fonts, gothic windows, brasses, architectural details, and funerary sculptures found in churches along the Sussex coast. The anonymous author/draughtsman gives provenances and historical detail to the drawings, which capture the...

    £950

  10. [HOLLINGSWORTH, Nathaniel John.]

    Fleurs. A poem, in four books.

    Newcastle, printed for the author by Edw. Walker …, 1821.

    First and only edition of this long blank verse description of Floors Castle, the seat of the Duke of Roxburgh near Kelso in south-east Scotland. The castle was built by the leading Scottish architect of his day, William Adam, father of Robert Adam, for the 1st Duke of Roxburgh between 1721-1726. Hollingsworth’s...

    £750

  11. ZAHN, Wilhelm.

    Auserlesene Verzierungen aus dem Gesammtgebiet der bildenen Kunst, zum Gebrauch für Künstler und kunstbeflissene...

    Berlin, bei G. Reimer, 1844.

    First edition of this rare and fine pattern book of classical ornaments in marble, silver, bronze, ivory, and terracotta reproduced in outline engravings in order to instruct artists, craftsmen and fine art students. Zahn produced the volume from sketches made on his travels in southern Italy....

    £750

  12. 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

  13. (ZOFFANY, Johann Joseph).

    Strand-on-the–Green. Particulars and condition of sale of a very desirable property for occupation...

    [London], Alfred Robins, Printer, …,1835.

    Rare property auction broadsheet advertising the sale of no 65 ‘Zoffany House’ on Strand-on-the-Green, Chiswick, west London, near Kew Bridge, which had been for a long time the residence of the painter Johann Joseph Zoffany.

    £575

  14. [CROSBY, Theo (editor), and Edward WRIGHT (designer).]

    This is tomorrow.

    London, Whitechapel Art Gallery, 9 August – 9 September 1956.

    First edition, one of 1300 copies, of the catalogue of the seminal exhibition of contemporary British art, architecture, and design, which took place at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in London in 1956, in collaboration with members of the Independent Group.

    £400

  15. [POTE, Joseph].

    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...

    £325

  16. 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

  17. [COLOGNE.]

    Hotel de Belle Vue à Deutz vis-à-vis de Cologne tenu pour J.A. Kimmel. [

    Cologne, c. 1850

    A ambitious lithograph advertisement for the Hotel de Belle Vue in Deutz, facing Cologne over the Rhine. The finely engraved view of the hotel shows it with its surrounding park lying on the Rhine which is bustling with barges, there is a bridge crossing the river full of promenading people. The litho...

    £250

  18. EBERSOLT, Jean.

    Monuments d’architecture byzantine.

    Paris, Les Editions d’Art et d’Histoire, 1934.

    First edition of this classic account of Byzantine architecture, published posthumously in the series Histoire de l’art byzantin under the direction of Charles Diehl.

    £250

  19. 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).

    £250

  20. RENGGER, Albrecht.

    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...

    £180