Aus dem Skizzenbuch eines Architekten. Herausgegeben von Paul Artaria und Hans Schmidt.
Basel, B.Wepf & Co 1943.
8vo. (6)pp text, (110)pp of facsimile reproductions of drawings from Bernoulli’s sketchbooks. Publisher’s boards, vellum spine.
Only edition of this volume of reproductions of vivid sketches made of historic buildings in Italy and elsewhere by the Swiss architect Hans Bernoulli (1876-1959). Bernoulli had had an extensive training as an architect in Germany before the 1914-1918 war, and this no doubt accounts for his skill in conveying in a rapid sketch the essential characteristics of a constructional or ornamental detail. The existence and nature of the volume is nonetheless surprising, in that Bernoulli had radical social opinions which had resulted in his dismissal in 1938 from a professorship at ETH Zürich, and in that his speciality as an architect was as a designer of low cost workers’ housing.