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.
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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....
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...
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First and only edition of this very rare privately published compilation by Parker of his mostly unpublished farm and estate experiments and inventions.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...
[Title in Greek.] Graeciae descriptio accurata... cum Latina Romuli Amasaei interpretatione. Accesserunt Gul. Xylandri...
Brunet IV 455; Graesse V 177.
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...
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...
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....
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...
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).
The first stone of this Session-House erected for the use of the County of Middlesex, and for Other good and Necessary...
[SESSION-HOUSE]. Primum hujusce Fori Juridici lapuidem, in usu comitatus de Middlesex … erecti, nobilissimus, potentissimusque princeps Hugo, Northumbriae dux et comes, eiusdem comitatus custos rotulorum, &c. &c. &c. posuit; orantibus et presentibus justitiariis ad hoc aedificium...
STRUVE, Otto Wilhelm.
Übersicht der Tätigkeit der Nicolai-Hauptsternwarte während der ersten 25 Jahre ihres Bestehens.
St. Petersburg, Buchdruckerei der Kaiserlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften, 1865
First edition of Otto Struve’s description of the Nicolai Observatory at Pulkovo near St. Petersburg and its scientific work. His father, Friedrich Georg Wilhelm Struve (1793-1864), astronomer and founder director of the Pulkovo Observatory died while the volume was printed. His fine photographic portrait...