Stuttgart, Julius Hoffman 1927.
4to.(4) + 108pp, 229 photo ills and plans. Publisher’s printed wrappers, a little worn and faded. Ink ownership inscription of A.D.Connell. Subsequently Brian Housden’s copy.
A study of city architecture and planning by Ludwig Hilberseimer (1885-1967), a German architect and town planner later to teach at the Dessau Bauhaus and, as a colleague of Mies van der Rohe, at Illinois Institute of Technology. Hilberseimer’s organised approach to the issues involved in urban planning was recognised by his contemporaries, and his coverage of recent designs for apartment blocks, offices and so on by the leading modernist architects of the period is good. Although the wrappers of the present copy are a little worn, and the copy itself is nothing special, a contemporary ownership inscription shows that it belonged not long after publication to the New Zealand-born architect Amyas Douglas Connell (1901-1980), who as architect of High and Over, one of the earliest fully modernist houses in Britain, and as a member of the architectural partnership of Connell, Ward and Lucas, was one of the key figures in British architecture in the 1930s. Jaeger 0636.