New York: Viking Press. 1970. (first English language edition). Stout quarto. Gilt spine titled tan cloth. Edges are faintly tanned else fine in dustjacket with short cello taped closed tear to the top front spine fold else near fine. A gorgeous copy of this incredible and exhaustive book which is chock full of architectural drawings. From the front dustjacket flap. "The years since 1850-the period during which modern industrial civilization has taken shape-have seen great changes in architectural styles. In a detailed Introduction, Dr. Werner Hofmann examines a wide range of themes, from the apparent conflict between the beautiful and the useful in architectural ideas through the ages, to connections between modern architecture and other art forms. He clears a track through the jungle of style evident in modern architecture by tracing its development from three stylistic prototypes: a cast-iron factory (1848) in New York by James Bogardus, Joseph Paxton's Crystal palace (1851), and Philip Webb's Red House (1859). These themes are given visual expression in 112 color plates which show some of the most important work of architects from all over the world: Frank Lloyd Wright, Gaudi, Gropius, Le Corbusier, Tange, and many others whose work reveals the vitality and richness of conception present in modern architecture. Each plate is accompanied by a full text commentary by Dr. Udo Kultermann, demonstrating the varied architectural solutions to the problems created by social change in the industrial age." An incredible book in beautiful condition. Scarce, especially in this beautiful condition. NOT ex library.
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