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Rare Books, Prints, Multiples
Di Lucio Vitruvio Pollione de Architectura...
A large and complete copy of the 'Como Vitruvius' from the library of Baroque architect Domenico Martinelli, the first edition of Vitruvius in the vernacular and one of the most beautiful productions of the treatise.
VitruviusDi Lucio Vitruvio Pollione...1521
Die Unterweysung der Messung, mit dem...
The first edition of Durer's treatise on perspective and the uses of mathematical geometry in art.
Durer, AlbrechtDie Unterweysung der Messung,...1525
Livre de Perspective de Iehan Cousin...
The first edition of Jean Cousin's scarce work on perspective.
Cousin, JeanLivre de Perspective de...1560
The Architecture of Leon Battista Alberti...
First edition in English of Alberti's De Re Ædificatoria, together with his other works De Pictura and Della Statua.
Alberti, Leon BattistaThe Architecture of Leon...1726
Machina della Coccagna
An exceptional extant corpus of the Neapolitan Coccagna engravings.
Rosso / Vaccaro / CanaleMachina della Coccagna1729–1734
Architettura Civile
The scarce definitive and complete edition of Guarino Guarini's innovative practical and theoretical treatise.
Guarini, GuarinoArchitettura Civile1737
Vitruvius Scoticus; Being a Collection of...
An excellent unsophisticated copy of the notoriously rare Vitruvius Scoticus.
Adam, WilliamVitruvius Scoticus; Being a...1730. c.1730–1740 / 1762 / 1811
Recueil des Plans, Elevations et Coupes...
Rare first edition of one of the greatest and most beautiful 18th century books on architecture.
Here De Corny, Emmanuel LéopoldRecueil des Plans, Elevations...1750–1753
A Complete Body of Architecture. Adorned...
The first edition of Isaac Ware's practical and comprehensive manual of architecture.
Ware, IsaacA Complete Body of...1756
A good unsophisticated set of Thomas Rowlandson's outline engravings of English life and scenes.
Rowlandson, ThomasOutlines of Figures, Landscape,...1790–1792
Vue et Prospect, des Differentes Parties...
The striking plates of Schloss Freudenhain and its gardens - including the early example of the 'Gloriette à l'Americaine' (American Gazebo) - drawn by the daughter of the 'Maitre de Dessin de l'Academie de Passau'.
Karl, Jean Friedrich & DaughterVue et Prospect, des...c.1792
The Grave, A Poem
A magnificent copy of the large paper proof issue of Blake's illustrations for The Grave in contemporary black morocco by 'Beast' Smith.
Blake, William. Robert BlairThe Grave, A Poem1808
Incroyables et Merveilleuses
The rare complete suite of hand-coloured engravings of dandies ('Incroyables') and their female counterparts ('Merveilleuses').
Vernet, Horace & LanteIncroyables et Merveilleusesc.1815
Le Più Insigni Pitture Parmensi Indicate...
First edition, large paper copy in folio, uncut and in the original publisher's binding.
Bodoni, Giovanni BattistaLe Più Insigni Pitture...1809 1816
The Pastorals of Virgil ... &c
Thornton's didactic Virgil with illustration by William Blake and bound in red morocco.
Blake, William. Thornton, Robert JohnThe Pastorals of Virgil...1821
Illustrations of the Book of Job,...
William Blake's Illustrations for the Book of Job, the scarcest issue on French paper, bound in red morocco.
Blake, WilliamIllustrations of the Book...1825. March 1826
Le Bon Genre. Observations sur les...
One of the scarcest fashion and caricature suites with superb coloured plates.
Vernet, Carle, Louis-Marie Lanté, Dominique Bosio et al. Mésangère, Pierre de la. (Ed.)Le Bon Genre. Observations...1827
Original Watercolours for 'Scene Popolari di...
A charming and well executed series of watercolours for 'Scene Populari di Napoli'.
Vianelli, AchilleOriginal Watercolours for 'Scene...c.1827
Plans, Elevations, Sections and Details of...
A very fine example of the large paper issue of Owen Jones' influential publication.
Jones, OwenPlans, Elevations, Sections and...1842–1845
Sun Pictures in Scotland
Extremely rare unrestored copy - including the 'Notice to the Reader' - of William Fox Talbot's first photographically illustrated publication in book form; published in 1845, Sun Pictures in Scotland, was issued between parts IV and V of Talbot's seminal The Pencil of Nature...
Fox Talbot, William HenrySun Pictures in Scotland1845