Die Baukunst der neuesten Zeit. Zweite Auflage (6-10 Tausend).
Berlin, Propyläen Verlag 1930.
Large 8vo. 634 + (4)pp, 28 photo plates (of which 8 are mounted colour plates), and hundreds of photo text ills and plans (pp 203-558 are mainly occupied by photo ills and pp 561-592 by ground plans). Publisher’s quarter cloth, gilt spine. Brian Housden’s copy.
A massive contribution to the literature on early twentieth century architecture, tracing the development of modernist styles between the last years of the nineteenth century and the end of the 1920s, with very many useful illustrations. The author’s principal focus, understandably, is on modernist architecture in Germany and Austria, but his choice of images is good throughout, and his selection of designs for colour reproduction – by Otto Bartning, Kandinsky, Le Corbusier, Ernst May, Olbrich (two designs), Bruno Taut and Max Taut – shows that he was not afraid to give prominence to the work of architects who would have been regarded by others as dangerously radical. This second edition, published three years after the first, is revised and updated, as explained in the author’s foreword. Jaeger 0785.