Afbeeldingen van de ontwerpen voor het pantheon der menschheid. Met een bijschrift in verzen door Henriette Roland Holst Van der Schalk.
Rotterdam. W.L. & J.Brusse 1915.
Small 4to. 26pp, incl 6 full page and 2 double-page plates. Publisher’s printed wrappers, slightly abraded at outer margins. Text pages spotted (presumably as usual).
First edition of Berlage’s design for a “Pantheon of Humanity”, to be built on a high hill somewhere in Middle Europe and dedicated to the war dead of all European nations. Berlage’s powerful design incorporates a great domed eight-sided central hall, placed within an octagonal precinct dominated by eight huge towers carrying beacons. An accompanying text in verse is supplied by the socialist poetess Henriette Roland Holst Van der Schalk. Paul Breman, writing in spring 1966 (Weinreb catalogue 15, item 177), described this edition as “very rare” (the book is more commonly found in a printing of 1919), and this is the only copy of it that we have ourselves handled. See also the comparable design by Eliel Saarinen which is item in this catalogue.