Jerusalem: David Kroyanker, 2016. Limited first edition. Hardcover. 1/50. Oblong octavos. Grey cloth over beige paper cover slipcases, with black lettering on the side. Embossed religious symbols on each slipcase. Grey cloth boards with debossed religious symbols and black lettering on the front covers and spines. Grey ribbon markers. Decorative endpapers. The four volume set is held in a specially designed grey metal cradle with the title and religious symbols on each side. The set is #7 of a limited edition of 50 copies, hand-numbered and signed by the author at the colophon. Each volume contains an original finely produced "paper cut" corresponding to the design style of the volume, housed in an envelope pasted to the interior back cover. The paper cuts are pasted onto a heavy stock paper sheet, measuring approximately 7x9". Also included is a 13 page promotional booklet providing an overview of the content and production of the set.
The content of the set is as follows:
Vol.1: Jewish Design Identities. 303pp. Approx 700 illustrations.
Vol.2: Christian Design Identities. 395pp. Approx. 1000 illustrations.
Vol.3: Muslim Design Identities. 537pp. Approx. 1,300 illustrations.
Vol.4: Modern Design Identities. 226pp. Approx. 500 illustrations.
The monumental collection is an extraordinarily detailed design and architectural survey of Jerusalem. The work, which has been referred to as a groundbreaking "visual dictionary", is the culmination of over 40 years of work by Israeli architect and architectural historian David Kroyanker. The result is a true testament of the author's continued fascination, obsession and passion for the history and continued preservation of the of these designs, architecture and buildings of the city of Jerusalem. The publication is considered the first of its kind in its scope, multifaceted nature, and observationally detailed approach to the subject.
The four volumes of the set cover the topics of Jewish, Christian, Muslim and Modern decorative motifs, architecture and urban planning styles found in communities and neighborhoods across the city, ranging from the ancient times through the present day. Each page of the book is profusely illustrated with color photographic reproductions, drawings, architectural plans, and/or design analyses, accompanied by analytical text from the author giving additional historical geographic, religious and cultural context. The contents of the book have been digitally printed by the Jerusalem Fine Art Press. The set is in fine condition overall. Fine. Item #43076