Paris: Éditions Albert Morancé, 1924–1930. First edition. Softcover. Quarto. Original stiff light brown wraps with black lettering on covers, nos. 15 & 16 and 17 & 18 in boards, all protected by modern mylar. Text in French. Some wear along edges of wraps, some spines reinforced professionally, and foxing mostly in margins and foredge as indicated in the posts for each volume. Contains a total of forty-one color designs in pochoir and color lithography on twenty-one plates, one of them a double page.
The publication is entitled "L'Architecture Vivante. It contains documents on constructive activity in all nations," was edited by Badovici, a Romanian-born architect and architectural critic with the editorial control shifting from Auguste Perret to Le Corbusier. The goal of the publication, as formulated by Perret at the beginning of the Autumn 1923 volume, is to be "an honest expression of its epoch," aiming to provide examples of construction that are "strictly subordinated to their realistic usage... beautiful in the arrangements and the harmonious proportions of the necessary elements of their composition." With detailed interior and exterior plans by architects like Gropius, Van Der Rohe, Wright, and Corbusier, as well as essays by Mondrian and other avant-garde luminaries, this publication was seminal for the development of the 20s and 30s modernist architectural movement. Profusely illustrated with b/w plates in photogravure. The set also contains 42 pochoir images on 22 plates by Leger, van Doesburg, Le Corbusier, Jeanneret, Jourdain and others. Five of the 14 volumes are incomplete.
1. Automne (Fall) 1924: (4) 5-16pp., 25 plates. (5 pochoir on 3 plates) Includes article by Jean Badovici on the International Conference on City Planning, Amsterdam, July 2-9, 1924. With two b/w in-text graphics by Fernand Léger, reproduced lithographically. Twenty-five plates with architectural heliogravures, including two designs with pochoir images by Fernand Léger (plate 9), and a double-page (plates 10-11) showing three modern interiors by V. Huszar with pochoir overprint. Some light foxing in margins, versos, and images of plate 19 and last two b/w plates. (Complete)
2. Hiver (Winter) 1924: (2) 17-32pp., 25 plates, missing plates 34 and 35. (One pochoir) With introductions to the work of Tony Garnier, Frank Lloyd Wright, Eileen Gray and the sculptures of Henri Laurens; Fernand Léger's article on architecture, among others. Contains one pochoir of an interior designed by Francis Jourdain. Featuring the architecture of B. Byoet and J. Diuker. Missing pages three and four of preliminary pages and and plates 34 and 35 with work by Frank Lloyd Wright. Light age-toning of block. (Incomplete)
3. Automne (Fall) 1925, Numéro 9: (8) 5-20pp., 5-25 plates, missing plates 1-4 and 20. (15 pochoir on 4 plates) Includes articles on the Constructionists and the architecture in Holland. With pochoirs of designs by Theo van Doesburg, C. van Eesteren, G. Rietveld (five images attributed, not specified, on one plate), Theo van Doesburg (two on one plate), W. van Leudson (seven on one plate) and J. J. P. Oud (one). Very light foxing not affecting images. (Incomplete)
4. Hiver (Winter) 1925, Numéro 10: (8) 21-28pp., 26-50 plates, missing plates 41 and 50. The work of Henry van der Velde, Antonin Raymond and others. Light foxing in margins with images affected in plates 26, 38 and 48. (Incomplete)
5. Printemps (Spring) 1926, Numéro 11: (12) 5-20pp., 25 plates. With seven pages of advertisements. Contributions on Russia's Constructivism by Jean Badovici. Plates of work by A. L. and V. Vesnine, G. Lakoulov, A. M. Rodchenko, Walter Gropius and A. Meyer, Erich Mendelsohn. (Complete)
6. Été (Summer) 1926, Numéro 12: (8) 21-32pp., 25 plates. With seven pages of advertisements. Contributions on the Amsterdam School and on ornaments by Adolf Loos. (Complete)
7. Printemps & Été (Spring & Summer) 1927, Numéro 15 & 16, this in stiff boards portfolio with string-ties: (16) 5-24pp., 50 plates. With seven pages of advertisements. Contains statements by Le Corbusier, Malewich, Apollinaire, Hans Arp, Tr. Tzara, Mondrian, Delauney and André Breton. Plates depicting work by Gropius, Bruno Taut, El Lissitzky, Max Taut, Jacques Lipchitz, the Weimar studio of Marcel Breuer in heliogravures, a Schröder and Rietveld interior, b/w reproductions of works by Léger and Gabo and others. (Complete)
8. Automne & Hiver (Fall & Winter) 1927, Numéro 17 & 18, this in stiff boards portfolio with string-ties: (12) 5-52pp., 50 plates. (8 pochoir on 6 plates) With contributions Le Corbusier and Jean Badovici. Plates with work by Le Corbusier and P. Jeanneret, (five of them pochoir, including a beautifully depicted hotel lobby in color), Rob. Mallet-Stevens, Adolf Loos, Antonin Raymond, Max Taut, Marcel Breuer, the Brothers Luckhardt, Mies van der Rohe, Mart Stam, Hans Scharoun, Evsi Model (two designs on one plate), one pochoir. (Complete)
9. Printemps (Spring) 1928, Numéro 19: (8) 532pp., 25 plates. (2 pochoir on one plate) Contributions by Badovici and Le Corbusier. Plates with work by Le Corbusier and P. Jeanneret (two designs on one plate in color), Mart Stam, J. J. P. Oud and Mies van der Rohe, all Weissenhof. (Complete)
10. Été (Summer) 1928, Numéro 20: (4) 33-54pp., 25 plates. Contributions by Le Corbusier and S. Giedion. Plates with work by Walter Gropius, Max Taut, Hans Poelzig, Josef Frank, Ludwig Hilberseimer, Bruno Taut and others, all Weissenhof. (Complete)
11. Printemps & Été (Spring & Summer 23/24) 1929: (4)48pp., 50 plates. (Five pochoir on 3 plates) Two pochoir on one page and three highest quality screen prints on two plates, 28 and 50, on different paper and trimmed with some loss of text. Plate 46-47 double page. With contribution by Badovici on Congrès International D'Architecture Moderne in June 1928. Plates showing work of L.C. & P. J. project Villa, A. Garches, 1927, including two pochoirs on one plate (15) and other projects. Contains five plates of the Palais du Centrosoyus in Moscow. Plates 22, 33, 39, 41, 43 with light foxing in images. (Complete)
12. Automne (Fall) 1929, Numéro 25: (4) 16pp., 25 plates, missing plate 18. With a contribution by Jean Badovici. With plates showing work by Richard Döcker, Mies van der Rohe, Walter Gropius, Ernst May and others. (Incomplete)
13. Hiver (Winter) 1929, Numéro 26: 4(8) 5-8 and 17-40pp., missing pp. 9-16; 26-59, missing plate 37; (6 pochoir on 4 plates) With a contribution by Eileen Gray and Jean Badovici and illustrations of their work at "Au Cap Martin Roqueerune." Contains six pochoirs on four plates. (Incomplete)
14. Été (Summer) 1930, Numero 28: (4) 49-76pp.; 25 plates. With contribution on Frank Lloyd Wright by Jean Badovici and illustrations of Lloyd Wright's architecture. Some foxing affecting images on plate 40 slightly. (Complete). Very good condition. Item #48292