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. [STREATFIELD, Anne.]

    The Lady’s economical Assistant, or the Art of cutting out, and making, the most useful Articles of wearing...

    London: Printed for John Murray; J. Harding; and A. Constable and Co., Edinburgh; at the Union Printing Office, by W. Wilson, 1808.

    First edition, very rare and in excellent state, of the first English guide to tailoring to feature full-size patterns, and indeed only third of any sort in the language. The author has recently been identified as Anne Streatfield, of Uckfield – see Arnold, ‘“The Lady's Economical Assistant”...

    £7500

  2. WILKINSON, W. B.

    Chimney Pieces in artificial stone, manufactured by W. B. Wilkinson & Co. Prudhoe Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.

    Newcastle, Lambert, 1866

    An interesting broadside trade catalogue offering 17 different designs of fireplaces made of artificial stone. The building firm Wilkinson of Newcastle played an important part in the development of reinforced concrete. Wilkinson is credited with building the first house using reinforced concrete.

    £350

  3. 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