8vo. 29 + (3)pp (including preliminary blank leaf, portrait photo frontispiece and two full-page reproductions of design sketches for houses designed by Sartoris in Tenerife, Canary Islands). Original printed wrappers, front cover neatly repaired. Ink presentation inscription on preliminary blank leaf from Alberto & Carla Sartoris to Susan & Denys Lasdun, Lutry, 7 February 1958, ”en souvenir de notre amitié fidèle”.
An unfamiliar and rather charmingly written pamphlet about Alberto Sartoris (1901-1998), one of the principal theorists of the international modern movement in architecture and a founder-member of CIAM. The author, an Italian-Swiss artist and art critic, writes about Sartoris from personal knowledge going back to their shared childhood in Geneva, Switzerland, and Sartoris’s approval of what she says about him here can be judged from the fact that the present copy carries a warm personal inscription, in Sartoris’s handwriting, from him and his wife to the eminent British architect Denys Lasdun and his wife Susan.