L’art décoratif de l’aujourd’hui. 7e édition.
Paris, G. Crès & Cie nd (1925).
8vo. (4) + v + (1) + 218 + (4)pp, many text ills. Publisher’s printed wrappers, back cover a little soiled. Slight creasing at lower outer corner of pages. Ink ownership inscription dated 1925 on title leaf.
This influential book originally appeared as a series of articles in the periodical L’Esprit Nouveau, published in 1925 during the Paris Exposition des Arts Décoratifs at which Corbusier exhibited his Pavillon de l’Esprit Nouveau, and shows the wide range of styles (from folk art to machine design) interesting Corbusier at this time. As with other Le Corbusier titles of this period, the edition identification of the present copy is made only on the volume’s front printed wrapper ; this is in any event somewhat misleading, for the book’s text is unaltered from that in earlier editions, and the edition statement simply means that the present copy belongs to the seventh issue of the original printed sheets. An accompanying ownership inscription dated 1925 in the present copy indicates that all seven of these issues had been made before the end of 1925, testifying to the enthusiasm engendered by Le Corbusier’s writings at this time.