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Architectural movements and practitioners prior to WWI. The focus is the period from the mid-19th Century up to 1918. Works on any earlier eras that we may have are listed here as well.

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Rudofsky, Bernard, The Prodigious Builders, New York, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977, first edition, thick lg 8vo (9.75" x 9"), HB, red cloth bds w/ silver gilt titles in black illus dj w/ red & orange titles, VG+ / VG+. Board edges faded, spine extremities bumped, inscription & owner's sig to half title. Light wear at dj corners, price-clipped.

383pp. Profuse illustration. Text references, index.

"These notes toward a natural history of architecture resume arguments broached in Architecture Without Architects, an earlier book on non-pedigreed architecture. They deal with architecture as a tangible expression of a way of life rather than as the art of building. Moreover, the material at hand is presented from the naturalist's point of view as distinct from that of the historian. The digressions and detours in the text are intended to break down the barriers that separate us from the builders of alien and archaic architecture, people who never needed to be told what was good for them. Their unpretentious and occasionally awesome achievements merit consideration; no architecture, it seems to me, is outdated that works for man rather than against him."    [Book ID # 1559]


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