東京 (Tokyo): 構成社書房 (Shobo), 1929. First edition. Softcover. Folio (11 3/8 x 15 7/8"). pp (Text), 14 loose leaves (Plates), as issued. Original heavy cardboard portfolio, with printed label pasted to front cover. String ties.
This rare Japanese work was originally published in 17 individual volumes between 1929 and 1931, and shows some of the finest examples of modern architecture in Europe and North America.
This first volume of the series is dedicated to The United Kingdom, and contains 14 splendid photogravures depicting the following: Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Glasgow School of Art (Plates 1-2); Charles Rennie Mackintosh's and Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh's Hill House in Helensburgh, Scotland (Plates 3-4); Edgar Wood's Upmeads, Staffordshire (Plate 5); Oliver Hill's Woodhouse Copse, in Surrey (Plates 6-7); Louis de Soissons' Welwyn Garden City (Plate 8); Thomas S. Tait's Silver End Garden Village (Plates 9-10); Easton & Robertson's Royal Horticultural Society Hall (Plates 11-12-13); Charles Holden's Tooting Broadway subway station (Plate 14).
Portfolio sunned and heavily rubbed along edges. Offsetting and foxing to the first text page. Edges of plate #1 partly sunned, with minor smudges at lower margin (not affecting image). Text in Japanese. Portfolio in overall fair, interior in good to very good, plates in very good condition. f to vg. Item #40487