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(Wright) Badovici, Jean

Frank Lloyd Wright. (Issue of periodical “L’Architecture Vivante”, Eté 1930).
(Paris), Editions Albert Morancé 1930.
Price: 560 GBP
Reference: 14227
   

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4to. (4) + pp 49-76 (of which pp (52)-(74) are illustrations of elevations, sections, and ground plans), (25) photo plates numbered 26-50. Loosely enclosed in publisher’s printed wrappers, as issued. A good copy.
The influential Frank Lloyd Wright issue of the periodical L’Architecture Vivante, which was the only significant publication on Wright in a major architectural periodical between the Frank Lloyd Wright issues of Wendingen issued in 1925-6 and the special issue of Architectural Forum devoted to Wright in January 1938. It provides well-chosen photographic illustrations of Wright’s executed designs between 1903 and 1917, as well as elevations, sections and ground plans. Publication of it at this date reflected the fact that on the European continent Wright’s reputation remained high, by contrast with the contemporary position in the USA, where the esteem in which Wright had been held had not as yet recovered from the unfavourable publicity surrounding the breakdown of his marriages and the events in his turbulent domestic life. The relationship between this issue of L’Architecture Vivante and its later reissue by the Morancé firm as a monograph under the title Frank Lloyd Wright Architecte Américain is frequently misunderstood, and it may be helpful to point out that the text pages and the plates are identical in the original issue and in its reissue as a monograph, the essential differences between the two versions being that the preliminaries and the list of illustrations and plates were altered, and the plates, which had been numbered 26-50 in the present periodical issue, were (rather confusingly) renumbered 1-25. There is thus nothing material in the subsequent monograph that had not appeared in the present periodical publication, and this is therefore the more important of the two publications in bibliographical terms. Sweeney 229.

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