Mühlheim-Ruhr: Verlag von K. Schimmelpfennig, 1902. First edition. Hardcover. Octavo. 66 (4)pp. Original light green cloth with Art Nouveau and gilt lettering on cover, protected by modern mylar. Gray endpapers. Title page with decorative green Jugendstil elements and printed in brown. Block with decorative Jugendstil head and tail pieces by Henry van de Velde, also printed in green. Manifesto on early European Modernism. Subtitle: Transformations of architecture in the 19th Century and today's viewpoint. Two lectures on architecture by Hermann Muthesius, an architect and one of the founding members of the Munich Werkbund.
Muthesius was an architect, studying at the Charlottenburg Technical College while working for the Reichstag architect Paul Wallot, an author and diplomat. While holding the position of a cultural attaché in London (1896–1904) he became interested in the ideas of the English Arts and Crafts Movement which he later promoted in Germany. After his return from London in 1904 Muthesius established himself as an architect and became influential among the pioneers of architectural modernism. Text in German. Light wear along edges of binding and lightly rubbed. Small dealer sticker on inside front cover and previous owner's name (Rud. Kamner, arch.) inked to page following title page. Some age-toning of block. Very good condition. Item #48683