SYSTEM OF ARCHITECTURAL ORNAMENT According with a Philosophy of Manís Powers

Sullivan Louis H

Published by New York Press of the American Institute of Architects, Inc. 1924, 1924
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Scarce first edition, not reprinted till 1966. With 19 (of 20) of the impressive plates from line drawings by Sullivan, plate 9 not bound in. Title-page printed in red and black. Folio, printerís original blue paper-covered boards lettered in gilt on the upper cover, backed in linen, the spine with manuscript lettering in black. 12, 8 plates, [1], 11 plates pp. The text with some of the spotting an toning normally associated with the title, the plates much less so as they are on different quality paper, the blue boards and endleaves with some staining and wear, but still a very presentable copy. RARE FIRST EDITION. WE KNOW OF NO OTHER COPY CURRENTLY ON THE MARKET. Sullivanís final work, the series of drawings was commissioned by the Burnham Library of the Art Institute of Chicago and includes and illustrates Sullivan's philosophy of ornament. "In these little masterpieces of poetic imagination,' said Frank Lloyd Wright in 1949 of Louis Sullivan's ornamental drawings, "the poet in him shines forth on the record as a free, independent spirit characteristic of the free of all time." Sullivan is famous for designing lavish architectural ornament that combined organic forms interwoven with an underlying geometric structure. Sullivan had a reverence for nature that first developed when, as a child, he spent his summers studying plants on the farm of his grandparents in Massachusetts. Later, this love of natural forms took shape in the leafy patterns on the facades of his buildings such as the Carson, Pirie, Scott & Co. store and in interiors such as his Chicago Stock Trading Room. He summarized his philosophy of architectural ornament in these influential 1922-1924 drawings. Published the year of his death, the book stands as one of the great treatises on architectural ornament. Bookseller Inventory # 24114

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Publisher: New York Press of the American Institute of Architects, Inc. 1924

Publication Date: 1924

Binding: Hardcover

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