東京 (Tokyo): 六文館 (Rokubunkan), 1932. Second printing. Hardcover. Octavo. 3, 5pp., 18 plates, 496pp. Beige cardboard slipcase with black and red lettering. Red cloth over beige paper boards, with black lettering on the front cover. Covers protected by tissue wrappers. Front free endpaper illustrated with photomontage. This significant work in the history of modern Japanese architecture is a survey of modern German architecture and design, recounting Chikatada Kuruta's observations while traveling in Germany. The work was part of Kuruta's efforts throughout his career to promote Western modernist architecture in Japan. Much of the book is devoted to examining and discussing Bauhaus architecture, and other types of modern residential, recreational, commercial and public architecture. The author discussed his experiences attending exhibitions of the work of Walter Gropius as well as Karl Freidric Schinkel and Emil Fahrenkamp. Illustrated with b/w reproductions after photographs by Kuruta throughout, including an initial 18 page section of photographic plates (containing about 72 images). This section contains numerous examples of commerical and residential architecture from acclaimed figures as Erich Mendelsohn, Gropius, Luckhardt, Bruno Taut and Le Corbusier.
The interior back cover contains a visual survey of world clocks representing time differences. Pages 160-161 are still unopened. Text in Japanese. Slipcase with rubbing to corners, and some light staining included some minor paint residue. Minor stains to tissue wrappers. Covers with some minor stains, smudges and scratches. Interior with some sporadic light foxing and smudges throughout. Starting to pages 373-457pp. Slipcase in good, binding in very good, interior in very good- condition overall. g to vg. Item #44032
Chikatada Kuruda (藏田周忠 1895 - 1966) was a Japanese architect who played a significant role in the promotion and construction of modernist architecture in Japan during the first half of the 20th century, as part of The Separate Construction Association (分離派建築会), the first modern architectural movement in Japan.