Berlin: Ernst Wasmuth A.-G.; printed by Julius Sittenfeld, ND. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. One leaf, 113 (1)pp. Original gray quarter cloth over light brown cloth with black ruling and lettering on cover, black lettering on spine. Black endpapers. Color lithograph frontispiece, Unity-Tempel, Oak Park, IL., with tissue guard. Introductory essay by C. R. Ashby the noted English designer and one of the main figures of the Arts and Crafts Movement, pp. 1-9. Ashby's essay was originally written in German for the popular European edition of Ausgeführte Bauten. (An abridged form of this essay translated at Wright's behest was reproduced in the enlarged American edition of the work published in 1911 the same year as the European edition.) At the bottom of the spine there is a printed cartouch with a text (looks like aus...) above an illus. and underneith the 17 at the base of the spine.
Ashbee accentuates the uniqueness of American architecture in residential and public public building as well as in the new designs for business and high rise (skyscrapers) office buildings. This new American architecture distinguishes itself from European architecture primarily through its tendency to omit the traditional forms and ornamentation Europeans have been used to. But it is not just the turning away from these traditions alone, these differences are also seen in the placement of the structures and the characteristics which express themselves through the enjoyment of new materials and the application of mechanical engineering. Naturally the architecture on the Pacific Coast distinguishes itself due to variant conditions, from the architecture in Chicago.
Frank Lloyd Wright distinguishes himself from other American architects through his noble refinement of the design as a whole, at times comparable to the clarity found in Gothic architecture or the designs of Donato Bramante, e.g. Wright's Winslow house or the Oak Park houses. "I demand of a building what I demand of a human being, namely that it is honest and internally true, and this main characteristic I wish to be connected with such grace and kindness as possibly imaginable."
Illustrated throughout with 103 sepia-toned photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright designs feature his residential designs, along with: the Unity-Temple in Oak Park, the River Forrest Tennis Club, Wright's studio in Oak Park, and the offices of the Larkin Factory in Buffalo, NY, among others. There are also more than 35 measured architectural plans for many of the pictured buildings pictured.
The publishing history of the popular edition of Ausgeführte Bauten has been admirably described in Anthony Alofsin's "Frank Lloyd Wright: The Lost Years 1910-1922: A Study of Influence." University of Chicago, 1994. In addition to providing the historical context and Wright's personal and financial needs, Alofsin provides a detailed record of Wright's negotiations with Wasmuth the publishing history and the differences between the European and American editions. "The European edition appeared as Frank Lloyd Wright, Chicago. As the eighth Sonderheft of the series Architektur des XX. Jarhundrerts, .... it would comprise 113 pages with a total of 148 illustrations including a color plate of a drawing of Unity Temple." ... "The American edition of 141 pages and 193 illustrations curiously retained its German title and would be published as, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ausgeführte Bauten." He notes that in the final stages of discussion it was agreed that the entire edition of teh Sonderheft would be 9000 copies, with 3900 to be distributed in Europe by Wasmuth and 5100 to be distributed in America by Wright who personaly paid to have Ahsbee's essay translated and added.
pp. 76-77. ( I want to thank Charles Wood 111 for drawing my attention to this wonderful source.)
Rare variant of the Ausgeführte Bauten, 8. Sonderheft der Berliner Architekturwelt, with Künstlerhefte printed on the front cover. The only OCLC record is found under the Accession No: 916147740, which does not correspond to our copy, listing only 113pp, with no mention of the color frontispiece of Unity-Temple. In addition the OCLC record
attributes a date of 1908 to the work, which we believe to be mistaken. No date is noted in the work, other than identifying the photographic images, Not in Sweeney nor in Alofsin.
Text in German. Binding lightly rubbed with light to medium wear along edges and head and tail of spine. Light abrasion at lower right corner of front cover. Previous owner's name inked to top of front free endpaper, verso of lithographic plate, starting at upper half; tissue guard with some chipping along edges. Minor foxing of half-title and last page. Binding in overall good, interior in good+ to very good condition. g to vg. Item #41081