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.
PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.
De Romanorum magnificentia et architectura. Della magnificenza ed architettura de’ Romani.
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...
DASSIER, Jean and Jacques-Antoine.
‘An Explanation of Dassier’s Medals being a Representation of a Series of Events...
London, c. 1795-1800.
An exceptionally fine illustrated manuscript, with drawings after the series of sixty medals of Roman history from Romulus to the Age of Augustus produced by Jean Dassier and his son in 1740-1743. The drawings are executed with considerable finesse, adding detailed elements not clearly visible...
CHAUCER, Geoffrey. FRINK, Elizabeth, illustrator.
Etchings illustrating Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’. Introduction...
[London,] Waddington, 1972.
First edition of Frink’s monumental Canterbury Tales, one of 50 copies in the standard edition, numbered B 70 and signed by Frink, from an entire print run of 300 copies.
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...
BARTOLI, Pietro Santi.
Admiranda Romanarum antiquitatum ac veteris sculpturae vestigia anaglyphico opere elaborata ex marmoreis...
Rome, sumptibus ac typis edita a Joanne Jacobo de Rubeis, restituit auxit Dominicus de Rubeis, 1693.
Revised edition (first c. 1685, with 81 plates) of this stunning record of ancient Roman sculpture by the engraver and painter Pietro Santi Bartoli (1615–1700), pupil of Poussin, antiquary to Christina, Queen of Sweden, and ‘indefatigable engraver of Roman monuments’ (Grove Art Online),...
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...
BOTTARI, Giovanni Gaetano.
Del Museo Capitolino tomo I contenente immagini d’uomini illustri [- tomo secondo contenente i busti...
Rome, si vende alla calcografia camerale; nella stamperia di Antonio De’Rossi, 1741-48.
First edition of the first two volumes of this handsome publication, showcasing classical busts preserved at the Museo Capitolino in Rome, this copy formerly in the possession of William IV.
Le imagini con la spositione de i dei de gli antichi.
Venice, per Francesco Marcolini, 1556.
First edition of Cartari’s influential and successful treatise on the mythology of the ancients. Cartari concentrated on the iconography of the gods, explaining their guises and detailing their several attributes. His book was expressively written to aid artists, painters and sculptors, to understand...
PFYFFER VON WYHER, Ludwig.
Panorama oder Zirkel-Aussicht vom Rigi Berg. Guide des voyageurs sur le mont Righi.
Lucerne, bey Xaver Meyer, 1820.
Fine panorama of the 360 degree view from the Rigi Mountain in Switzerland. The panorama map also has 4 individual views engraved in the corners: view of the mountain from the valley; view of the cottage at the highest point, view from a higher mountain down to the Rigi mountain; and larger scale map....
DODGSON, Campbell (editor).
Woodcuts of the XV Century in the Department of Prints and Drawings, British Museum.
London, British Museum, 1934 [– 1935].
First edition, scarce, of Dodgson’s authoritative and thoroughly illustrated catalogue of fifteenth-century woodcuts in the British Museum. Published after two decades as Keeper of Prints and Drawings at the British Museum, the monumental Woodcuts of the XV Century is considerably scarcer...
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...
FIORILLO, Johann Dominicus.
Geschichte der zeichnenden Künste, von ihrer Wiederauflebung bis auf die neusten Zeiten ...
Göttingen, bei Johann Georg Rosenbusch, 1798 [and Johann Friederich Rower], 1801-1805.
First edition. Fiorillo began as a painter, studying in Rome and Bologna, but turned to art history and became a professor at the University of Gottingen and colleague of Lichtenberg, in 1781. His erudite survey of the art of painting throughout Europe was among the first to make use of medieval documentary...
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)...
[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.
Catalogue des estampes des plus grands maitres, tableaux, bagues, livres, vases, idoles, &. qui composent la...
First edition. Description of the cabinet assembled by Charles Michetti in Vienna. Michetti stresses in his introduction that his collection was put together not for financial gain but because he liked the look of the pieces and appreciated their artistic merit. The bulk of the collection is made up...
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.
[FAUVEAU, Felicie de.]
Il monumento dell’ illustre ed egregia scultrice madamigella Felicita de Fauveau illustrato dal P.B. socio...
[S.l., s.n., c. 1859.]
Very rare commemoration, published anonymously, of the sepulchral monument made by the Franco-Italian sculpter Félicie de Fauveau for her mother, found in the cloister of Santa Maria del Carmine in Florence. De Fauveau (1801–1886), called ‘the new Canova’ by Stendhall after her participation...
Le Parnasse des dames.
Paris, Janet, .
An attractive copy of Janet’s Parnasse des dames, a pocket-book alamanac on art and literature aimed at a female readership. The little volume contains a broad miscellany of verse, some by female authors, prefaced by engraved copies of works by seventeenth-century French and Dutch painters...
Cenni sulla maniera di rinvenire i vasi fittili Italo-Greci. Sulla loro costruzione, sulle loro fabbriche più...
Naples, Tipografia Virgilio, 1843.
Second, revised and enlarged edition (first 1831), illustrated with sixteen handsome engraved plates.
Niclaus Manuel. Leben und Werke eines Malers und Dichters. Kriegers, Staatsmannes und Reformators im sechszehnten...
Tubingen, Cotta, 1837.
First edition of the first separate biography of the Bern painter and woodcutter Hans Rudolf Manuel Deutsch (1525-1571).