Moscow: Изогиз (Izogiz), 1932. First edition. Hardcover. Quarto. 185pp. . Illustrated black, grey and white dust jacket with black lettering on the covers and spine. Black cloth boards with silver-stamped debosed lettering on the front cover. Typography, dust jacket and binding design by El Lissitzky. The work is an analysis of 20th century modern western architecture, published for a Soviet readership. Arkin, the author came under heavy scrutiny from Stalin-era soviet authorities for publishing this. The book features in depth examinations of the work of many of the preeminent modernist architects and designers of the time including Le Corbusier, Bruno Taut, J.J.P. Oud, Ludwig Karl Hilberseimer, Richard Neutra, Ernst May, Erich Mendelsohn, Moholy-Nagy, and Frank Lloyd Wright among others. Profusely illustrated throughout with b/w photographic reproductions of designs and built structures. The flaps of the dust jacket contains in the title of the publication in German, English and French, and the name of those whose work is prominently featured in the book. Text in Russian.
Dust jacket with a tear at the head of the spine. Some other light stains, as well as chipping along the edge and closed tears. Corners rubbed and chipped. Binding with minor rubbing and bumping to extremities. Gutter of the interior front cover with some abrasion. Faint markings in pencil on the upper right corner of the front free endpaper, and in the margins sporadically throughout the text. Damp staining on the title page. Dj in good-, binding in very good, interior in very good-. g- to vg. Item #44295
Alternate titles: Architektura sovremeiiogo zapada, The Architecture of the Modern West
*Pictured in El Lissitzky: Sophie Lissitzky-Kupper, Veb verlag Der Kunst, 1976. p. 168.