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Deutscher Werkbund (ed)

Bau und Wohnung. Die Bauten der Weissenhofsiedlung in Stuttgart erichtet 1927 … herausgegeben vom Deutscher Werkbund.

Stuttgart, Fr.Wedekind & Co 1927.

Reference: 15176

Full Description

4to. 152pp, photo ills and plans. Publisher’s cloth, the spine and outer corners worn, with minor loss of surface, and the sides of the binding age-spotted. Neat ink ownership stamps of M.Zabrodsky, architect, Jerusalem, on front free endpaper, half title leaf, and title leaf. Recent embossed ownership stamp of Dr Eitan Karol, South African architect and biographer of the English twentieth-century architect Charles Holden, at foot of front free endpaper.

First edition. The fullest contemporary publication of the Weissenhof exhibition of designs for small modern houses, organised by Mies Van Der Rohe on behalf of the Deutsche Werkbund at Stuttgart in 1927. Of the thirty-three houses erected on the site, four were designed by Mies, five by Oud, three by Le Corbusier and Jeanneret and three also by Mart Stam, two each by Schneck, Gropius, Docker, Max Taut, Josef Frank and Peter Behrens, and one each by Victor Bourgeois, Hilberseimer, Poelzig, Rading and Scharoun. Such a display of house designs by the leading figures in the international modern movement had never previously been assembled, and this was one of the formative moments in the history of the style. The present copy carries the ownership stamps of a Jerusalem-based architect, M.Zabrodsky, presumably the Russian-born Israeli architect Motia Zabrodsky (1903-1977). Although the copy is in acceptable condition internally, the spine and outer corners of the binding are worn, with minor loss of surface, and the sides of the binding are age-spotted, and we price the book accordingly (a much better copy which passed through our hands in 2014 was sold by us at that time for £595). Jaeger 0531.