Rome: Danesi - Arti Fotomeccsniche, 1918. First edition. Hardcover. Elephant folio. 19 1/4x 14". 34 numbered loose plates. Rattan cloth string-tied portfolio with a photo-illustrated white paper label on the front cover. Text on the label in black and red. List of plates pasted onto interior front cover. This portfolio contains 34 numbered plates, printed on a total of 16 individual loose leaves beautifully printed in b/w photogravure (including many double-plates and double-sided plates), displaying the architectural design aspects and construction process of the of the renowned Palacio de Bellas Artes (Palace of Fine Arts) in Mexico City, designed in a Neoclassical/Art Nouveau style by Italian architect Adamo Boari (1863-1928). Inscribed, signed and dated by architect Adamo Boari at the top of the initial plate.
The plates throughout display b/w photographic reproductions in gravure of various individual design elements, images of the interior, the rotunda, aspects of the facade, and documentation of the construction process of this magnificent building. Also included are remarkable large and detailed architectural renderings, measured drawings, cross-sectional images, and design schematics, many of which are double plates measuring 26x19" when completely folded out. The initial 4 plates contain 4 pages of photo-illustrated text introduction, printed in a two column format.
After the demolition of the original National Theater of Mexico building in 1901, Adamo Boari was hired to design and oversee the the construction of a more modern and lavish building in its place. Although construction began on 1904, a series of technical and geological setbacks caused massive delays in the project. At the time of this publication, construction on the Palacio de Bellas Artes had been halted due to the ongoing Mexican Revolution, which had started in 1910, and ended in 1920. Due to the instability, the halting of the project and the sociopolitical upheaval of the country, Boari returned to his native Italy in 1916, leaving the project far from completion. The project only resumed in 1932, and was eventually completed, with some alterations and deviations from the original plans, by Federico Mariscal in 1934, after Boari's death. This monograph stands as the definitive and comprehensive documentation of Boari's original vision for the building.
Text in Italian.
Portfolio with rubbing to extremities, including some fraying and chipping to the head and tail of the spine. Some soling along the bottom section of the front cover. Interior with some light minor sporadic foxing to the initial double introductory plate as well as some light soling along the bottom margin. Although there is some light rippling along the bottom of the rest of the other plates throughout, all images are unstained, being still clean, bright, and vibrant. Portfolio in good, interior in very good- condition overall. g to vg-. Item #47649