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Brett, Lionel

Parameters and images. Architecture in a crowded world.

London, Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1970.

Reference: 13874
Price: £65 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. ix +(1) + 181 + (1)pp. Publisher’s cloth, in dustwrapper (a tear to front cover of dustwrapper at its upper margin). No ownership inscription, but Lord Reilly’s copy, with three autograph letters, signed, from Brett (Viscount Esher) to Reilly loosely enclosed, of which one, dated 25 July 1982, describes a debate in the House of Lords during which “there were the usual attacks on ‘the bad taste of the last fifty years ... which always depress me” and Lord Duncan-Sandys “gave a puff to his scheme for a ‘Master Plan for the Thames’ which I think neither practicable nor desirable”.

First and only edition. The author, Lionel Brett (Viscount Esher), in 1970 a recent past President of RIBA, offers reflections on the failure of the modern movement in architecture, drawing on his own experience as an architect and town planner, and taking inspiration from the writings of Le Corbusier, Ruskin, Geddes, Mumford and others. We price the volume as we do, because of the presence in it of three loosely inserted autograph letters, signed, from Lord Esher to Paul Reilly, Lord Reilly, one of the principal organisers of the 1951 Festival of Britain and subsequently Director of the Council of Industrial Design.