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Richard Neutra on Building: Mystery and Realities of the Site

with Introduction by Douglas Haskell  

FIRST EDITION. Scarsdale, New York: Morgan & Morgan, Publishers, 1951.

Hardback is overall in GOOD+ condition with GOOD DJ.

  • Volume features DJ with B&W photograph on front wrapping around to back, as well as light red cloth covers with white text on spine.
  • Book displays gentle overall aging and wear. 
  • Covers exhibit overall fading, more along fore edge on front, with minor edgewear and dust along edges. 
  • Corners are gently rubbed at foot.
  • Spine shows gentle sunning and minor bumping to ends.
  • Binding is secure overall with a little play, and a gap between pages 16-17, more pronounced at head. (See photos) 
  • Back fep has a small stain at fore edge. (See photos)
  • Illustrations are gently toned throughout.
  • Interior exhibits gentle toning throughout, with occasional minor darkening along edges, as shows head edge of title page. (See photos)
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Textblock edges show commensurate toning. 
  • DJ looks nice behind Mylar and is backed with archival paper. 
  • DJ shows overall age-toning, with some foxing to back, as well as two 0.75" orange marks on back near magazine quotes. (See photos)
  • DJ displays significant edgewear, with chipping to corners and spine ends, notably a 1.75" x 0.75" chip to foot corner on front, as well as creasing and rubbing along edges, with a vertical crease going 1" into back from head edge. (See photos)
  • Foot of DJ spine has a 0.75" chip partially going into text. 
  • SC20200319

64 pages. 10.25 x 8 inches.

Book features DJ with B&W photograph on front wrapping around to back, as well as light red cloth covers with white text on spine.

Volume is lavishly illustrated with B&W photographs and architectural plans. Includes a Note about the Author and an Introduction. 

This volume is a splendid pairing of magnificent photographs of some of the most clever architectural installations, with an instructive text that describes and explains the skill behind each building. The author comments on the style of the building, the relevance of the use made of the natural terrain, its advantages and detrimental factors, thus instructing the professional, or the layman with a passion for architecture, on how to make best use of any terrain they might encounter, and create a building that will be fitting for that specific setting. For any type of building, Neutra, last but not least, instructs us that Nature is the best screen for any architecture, and it is the first factor to be respected.

Richard Neutra (1892-1970) was a Jewish Austrian-American architect. He came to be considered one of the most prominent and important modernist architect.

EDITION POINTS: First Edition.

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