Scarce first edition, not reprinted till 1966. With the 19 impressive plates from line drawings by Sullivan, along with the textual interlude that is plate number nine. 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, , 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 #
Title: SYSTEM OF ARCHITECTURAL ORNAMENT According ...
Publisher: New York Press of the American Institute of Architects, Inc. 1924
Book Description Press of the American institute of architects, 1961. Condition: Good. facsimile reprint of the 1924 (first) edition; folio, 12,  pp. + 20 plates; green cloth, minor library markings, some chipping and wear to spine and cover edges else textually clean with a solid binding. Photos available upon request. Seller Inventory # ZB1114870
Book Description The Prairie School Press, Park Forest, IL, 1964. Cloth. Condition: Near Fine. First Facsimile Edition. The Facsimile Edition, Second Printing, 1964. Prelude  The Inorganic and the Organic, paginated 9-12, 20 plates with an extra Plate 12 laid in and suitable for framing. SCARCE in either of its 2 printings, this Facsimile Edition, first printed in 1961, was published courtesy of the American Institute of Architects, the publishers of the original 1924 First Edition. Near Fine, dark green cloth lightly soiled, small rub bottom corner of cloth, small stain bottom margin plate 3. Size: Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall. Seller Inventory # 005715
Book Description The Eakins Press. Condition: Very Good. Condition: Very Good; [.] Together with Drawings for the Farmers' and Merchants' Union Bank of Columbus, Wisconsin, & a Note by Ada Louise Huxtable. Eakins Press, 1967. Red cloth boards with gilt titles to spine. Boards lightly rubbed at edges and at corners. Jacket rubbed at edges and corners, chipped and rubbed at ends of spine. Spine toned. Intact tear about 1/2 inch in length to upper left corner of back panel. Interior clean and bright. Seller Inventory # 1027200
Book Description American Institute of Architects, New York, 1924. hardcover. Condition: near fine. Louis H. Sullivan (illustrator). First. Rubricated title and 12 pages of text followed by 20 full-page black & white plates; the 9th plate being a textual interlude - "The Doctrine of Parallelism." Slim folio, original gilt-lettered blue boards with linen spine. New York: Press of the American Institute of Architects, (1924). First edition. a near fine copy of this scarce, important and attractive book -- Sullivan's definitive statement on the role of ornament in architecture, written shortly before his death. Typography by Frederic W. Goudy and printed by William Edwin Rudge. Some light wear at corners and minor staining at head of spine and corner of front cover, else a near fine copy; very clean but for offsetting on endpapers from the dust wrapper which is no longer present. Seller Inventory # 283108