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Brussels, Belgium: Association Pour La Diffusion Artistique et Culturelle, 1957. Wraps. First Edition. 276 pp. 4to. Slick stiff wraps with scuffing from shelf wear, clear exterior original laminate on cover starting at edges. Very clean within. A photo of Walter Gropius and one of his buildings grace the front cover.
This premier issue of "Zodiac" contains Walter Gropius's (1883-1969) article, "Apollo in the Democracy" (pp. 9-14) which was his address when given the Hanseatic Goether Prize at Hamburg June 5, 1957. This publication represents a "Who's Who" in International and Modern design mid-century. Articles by Sigfried Giedion, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Victor Gruen and others, accompanied by reviews of books, and photographs of contemporary buildings. What is as interesting as the design content are the advertisements.....
Lockhart, James R. Mulgrave, Victoria, Australia: The Images Publishing Group Pty. Ltd., 2004. Hardcover. Limited Edition. 329 pp. 4to. Clean, crisp copy with dust jacket in mylar cover. Slipcase with a front panel that replicates the front panel of the dust jacket, has slight scuffing from wear. Heavy item requiring additional shipping.
A survey of the work of American classical architect William T. Baker. Inscribed by Baker on the title page with a slight smudge due to signing on a slick page with black marker. Printed in an edition of 1,000 copies with slipcase, this is #311 and hand numbered on the title page. Fine / Fine.
Becher, Bernd; Becher, Hilla. Munich, Germany: Schirmer/Mosel, 1988. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 9 pp. 223 Plates. 4to. Clean, crisp copy with dust jacket in mylar cover. Like new. Text in German, which means little as it is really about the photographs.
The third book by the Becher in which they focus on one building type, providng an opportunity to compare and contrast across countries, from Germany and France to the United States. Absolutely fascinating and beautifully printed. Bernd (1931–2007) and Hilla (1934–2015) Becher's work was the focus of a recent exhibition at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Bernd & Hliia Becher" wich ran from 15 July - 6 November 2022. Fine / Fine.
Shepherd, Thos. H. London: Jones & Co., 1827-1829. Three Quarter Leather. First Edition. 160, iii; vi, 12 (Subjects), 172, ii (List of Engravings). Both volumes have red leather spine with five slightly raised bands, gold embossed titling and decoration, losses at head and foot of spine. Volume I front board hanging by one cord, considerable foxing to frontispiece engraving and first title page with engraving of Temple Bar, From the Strand. Volume II front board detached. Marbled endpapers, considerable foxing to frontispiece engraving and first title page with engraving of Sussex Place at Regent's Park; this title page appears to have suffered water damage and was re-backed with another sheet of paper by a binder, second title page undamaged. Light foxing throughout, including the numerous.....
Park Forest, IL: The Prairie School Press, 1963. Hardcover. Facsimile Edition. Unpag. Folio. Green cloth boards with brown cloth over spine that wraps 1/3 of the way to front and rear boards, gold embossed titling to spine and rear board. Top edge gilt. Small bump 1-1/2" above foot of spine. Prospectus laid in. Housed in custom green cloth slipcase.
A stunning copy of the facsimile edition of "The House Beautiful" produced by William Winslow and his Auvergne Press in 1896/1897. Winslow was a client of Frank Lloyd Wright and enlisted Wright to create the intricate designs that adorn each page. Winslow's original edition was bound with a brown leather spine, here reproduced in cloth. A faithful facsimile, this edition even includes the fourteen page booklet.....
New York: Oxford University Press, 1948. Hardcover. First Edition. xiv, 743 pp. 4to. Dust jacket has minor scuffing and small closed tears at edges and a 3/4" loss at top right corner of rear panel, now in mylar cover. Red cloth boards with silver embossed titling. Previous owner has inscribed his name and date of gift in light blue ink on front pastedwon, they have also pasted a small plate to the first free endpaper of a typed quote by William Maitland, "Today we study the day before yesterday, in order that yesterday may not paralyze today, and that today may not cloud our vision of tomorrow."
Siegfried Gideon (1888-1968) was an important influence on the International Movement in architecture and design. "Mechanization Takes Command".....
Bernard, Augustin. Paris: Aguste Vincent, 1927. Portfolio. First Edition. vi, 9 pp. 63 Plates. Folio. 7 plates of pencil drawings of buidlings accompanied by 56 photographic plates of buildings. Housed in publisher’s portfolio of gray cloth backstrip over boards, cloth ties. Portfolio is worn with some soiling, hinges have ripped at front and rear. Age toning to plates which have minor rubbing but are very clean.
A fascinating collection that documents what were considered "old" buildings in Normandy in the early 20th century. One wonders what remains of these buildings after World War II and urban renewal programs of the 1950s-1970s. Very Good.
New York: William Helburn, [1907?]. Hardcover. As. Unpag. 76 Plates. Elephant Folio. Dark brown buckram covers with considerable wear and scuffiing, red leather patch title to spine with blind embossed titling. William Helburn bookseller label on upper left corner of front pastedown along with previous owner's red ink office stamp, "Edward G. Henrich/Architect,/811 Mutual Life Bldg./Buffalo" at the head of the pastedown. Heinrich has also singed it in black ink on the first free endpaper, "Edward G. Henrich/1907". Interior very clean with a slight bump to the lower right cover of the text block. Heavy item requiring additional shipping.
Edward G. Henrich (1876-1930) was a Buffalo, New York, native who was trained in architecture at MIT, graduating in 1899 and returned to his native city.....
Paris: Editions d’art Charles Moreau, . Portfolio. First Edition. With 48 plates of edifices, including 6 in color. Housed in publisher’s portfolio of gray cloth spine over boards, cloth ties lacking. The portfolio has some wear and soiling but quite nice for a white portfolio from 1929. Plates have light age toning but quite sharp.
A stunning collection of early Art Moderne architecture and interior design. Plates consists of some drawings but mostly photographs of what was on the cutting edge in architecture at that time. Included in the plates are 6 colored pochoir plates that are absolutely fabulous. In addition to René Herbst, portfolio includes structures by Le Corbusier, Gerrit Rietveld, J. J. P. Oud [Jacobus Johannes Pieter Oud], and Jan Buys [Jan Willem.....
Paris: C. H. Moreau, 1925. Portfolio. First Edition. Unpag. Oblong Folio. 54 Plates. Title-page and contents page on one folded folio leaf and 54 numbered black & white plates. Housed in publisher’s portfolio of black cloth backstrip, decorative front board, plain rear board, original cloth ties. Light wear overall, occasional soiling to portfolio, plates toned and rubbed, with occasional thumbsoiling or foxing, bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown of portfolio. Text in French.
A stunning, complete work by René Herbst (1891-1982) that was one of the first to document the growing Art Moderne (later coined "Art Deco" that was building in Paris and New York between the wars. Focused on storefronts and some interiors, this shows how department and specialty shops were often the leading in.....
Richmond, VA: Center for Palladian Studies in America, Inc., 2012. Hardcover. First Edition. viii, 95 pp. 4to. Red cloth boards with gold embossed titling to spine as well as the logo of the Center for Palladian Studies on the front cover. Dust jacket pristine and in mylar cover. Interior clean and crisp, profusely illustrated including endpapers that are illustrated with a contemporary photograph of the subject, Bremo.
Printed in an edition of 500 copies. This copy is signed by the author and editor on the verson of the first free endpaper, dated in the year of publication and at the home, Bremo, of which this volume is the subject. Fine / Fine.
Shulman, Julius. Koln, Germany: Taschen, 2021. Hardcover. First Edition. 464 pp. Oblong Folio. Clean, crisp copy. No dust jacket, as issued. Volume has been fitted with a custom mylar cover to protect the faux-wood binding exterior. Text in English, German, and French. Heavy volume, may require additional postage for shipping.
An absolutely stunning catalog raisonne of the work of pionering Modern architect Richard Neutra (1882-1978). Ranges from Neutra's early work in Austria that broad depth of his work in the United States for the bulk of his career. No Neutra catalog without the precise photographs of Julius Shulman who Neutra considered "my photographer." Fine.
Tokyo, Japan: Kenchiku Planning Center Co., Ltd., 1970. Hardcover. First Edition. 210 pp. Folio. Slight wear and scuffing to dust jacket, now in mylar cover. Red cloth boards with black embossed title in English on cover board, black embossed titling in English and Japanese on spine. Interior text in Japanese and English. The rare organge cardboard slipcase with titling in English and Japanese is in Very Good condition with light scuffing from shelf wear. An essay by Joe Price appears at rear. Laid in is an original 4"x6" color photograph of the Ford House taken in 1995 by Sidney Robinson, the owner. Sidney Robinson is an architect and writer.
An important early work on the breadth of Bruce Goff's (1904-1982) career. Goff started early in.....
Utica, NY: Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute, 2010. Wraps. First Edition. 44 pp. Clean, crisp copy.
Catalog from an exhibition of the same name at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute that traces Philip Johnson's (1906-2005) design of that institution's building in the late 1950s as well as other art museums Johnson designed in the United States. Exceedingly rare for such a recent publication. Fine.
Lautner, John. New York: Rizzoli, 2008. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 234 pp. Clean, crisp copy with dust jacket in mylar cover. Fascinating design of the book in that the front cover board has a very lightly raised embossed sketch by Lautner of one of his most iconic housese, the Chemoshphere. Thin line dimple across the front board from a binding anomaly, same to rear. Does not impact the book in any way.
What has become a highly collectible book on the life and work of the legendary architect, John Lautner (1911-1994) who was known for his mid-century architecture that tested the boundaries of curves and reinforced concrete. Lautner was one of the few architects who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright that created their own.....
Scottsdale, AZ: The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, 1967. Wraps. First Edition. 89 pp. Oblong Folio. Light blue paper wraps with blind embossed titliing on front cover, dark blue plastic come binding. Losses to edges of upper right and lower left corner of front cover, lower left corner of rear cover. Contains maps, space diagrams, transportation plans, mechanical services, etc.
Controversial from when Wright first proposed it in 1938, this schamatic represents a second pass at the project that came very close to moving forward in the late 1960s. Finally built in a modified version and opened in 1997, only the convention center was built, the extensive parklands along Olin Park and Turville Point to the southwest were not part of the final project. Very Good.....
Paris: Editions Charles Moreau, 1925. Portfolio. First Edition. Unpag. Elephant Folio. Portfolio includes 8 pp of text with an introduction and list of the 32 plates. Plates and text are laid into publisher’s portfolio, original cloth ties missing. Binding has a water stain to front cover that bled through and has left a stain on the cover and has bled through to the first four pages of the half-title and title page. No damage to plates within, interior text and plates very clean and sharp. All text is in French. Oversize portfolio, may require additional postage.
A beautiful set of collection of early Art Moderne sculpture that is found not only as sculpture, but as bas relief, interior mouldings for buildings, as well as columns.....
Syracuse, NY: Privately Published, 1917. Hardcover. First Edition. xiv, 437 pp. 8vo. Red cloth boards with blind and embossed border to front and rear boards, gold embossed titling to spine; minor wear to covers. Previous owner's signature and ownership stamp within, ex-library stamp at base of copyright page. A very clean copy with a small rough spot at head of half-title page where that page and first free endpaper and stuck together at some point.
Fascinating work on the various stone and clay building materials, how they are quarried, made, shaped, and installed. Heavily illustrated with 303 copper halftones and 10 zinc etchings. An important reference item for anyone interested in restoration or architectural history. Signed by Richardson, "With compliments of/the Author" Very Good...
New York: Simplex Construction Co., [1912?]. Hardcover. First Edition. 96 pp. 8vo. Green paper covered boards with green cloth spine, gold embossed titling to cover. A very sharp, bright, and clean copy. No dust jacket as issued.
76 black and white photographs in this trade catalog illustrates the process, load tests, and completed buildings that used the Simplex Concrete Piling System. This small volume peels back the mystery on how some monumental buildings and infrastructure like industrial storage tank were built on sub-standard soils. Pages 89-96 at rear of volume list, by state, buildings upon which the system was used. An important reference in architectural history. Fine.
Smither, James G. Sri Lanka: Academy of Sri Lankan Culture, 1992. Limited Edition. Facsimile Edition. 64 pp. 67 Plates. Elephant Folio. Very minor scuffing to covers, clean within. Plates consist of measured drawings, sketches, and photographs. Many of the plates are folding. Slipcase in Fine condition. Oversize book, will require additional shipping costs.
Documentation by James Smither (1833-1901) who served as Ceylon's (Sri Lanka) first "Architect to the Government of Ceylon" from 1865 to 1883. Smither's measured drawings and descriptions some of the sacred structures of Abhayagiri Vih ra which was an important monastery site for Mahayana, Theravada, and Vajrayana Buddhism and remains one of the most sacred sites in Sri Lanka for Buddhist pilgrimage. Originally published in 1894, this facsimile edition was printed in.....
New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2005. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. vii, 222 pp. Oblong Folio. Clean, crisp copy with printed mylar cover sharp and tight to boards.
A selection of work for the New York firm that completed such high-profile commissions as the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the William J. Clinton Presidential Center, and the Rose Center at the American Museum of Natural History. Inscribed by firm principal, James S. Polshek, to Wall Street investor and New York philanthropist Richard Gilder, the major donor for the proposed The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History. Fine / fine.
New York: Praeger Publishers, 1970. Hardcover. First Edition. 304 pp. 4to. Orange cloth boards with light soiling, slightly musty smell from storage, blinded embossed owner's stamp on half-title page. No dust jacket, as issued. Printed paper covered slipcase in Very Good condition and light scuffing.
An important survey on the early work of Kenzo Tange (1913-2005). Tange won the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 1987. Very Good.