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Composition: A Series of Exercises in Art Structure for the Use of Students and Teachers
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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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Manson, Grant Carpenter, Frank Lloyd Wright to 1910: The First Golden Age, New York, Reinhold, 1958, first edition, 4to (10.5" x 8.5"), HB, red leatherette boards in decorative cream dj with a b&w portrait of Wright (our photograph has reflections from the archival mylar), VG/ VG. Foot of spine fraying, some edgewear. Contents clean. DJ spine is age-darkened and small triangular piece missing from head of spine.

227 pp. Foreword by Henry-Russell Hitchcock. 280 b&w photographs, drawings, and plans. Decorative endpapers illustrate a street map of River Forest & Oak Park marked with locations of Wright's buildings.

The first volume of Wright's personal and professional story by Grant Manson, who, Wright joked, "knows more about me than I do." In this volume, Manson begins with the influence of Froebel's blocks upon a young Frank, "... smooth shapely maple blocks with which to build, the sense of which never afterward leaves the fingers: so form becomes feeling.”, and takes the reader up to 1910, a turning point in Wright’s life as an architect and as an individual. Wright’s accomplishment by 1910 was considerable; he had already enjoyed what to many people would have been a full career. Most outstanding perhaps was his conception and evolution of the Prairie House, an expression of organic architecture that was the result of many factors: Wright’s resourceful Welsh forebears, his Midwest background, his experience with Lyman Silsbee and Louis Sullivan, his interest in Japanese art, and especially his native genius. During the same period Wright also set many precedents for nonresidential architecture, including Unity Church and the Larkin Building. These buildings--residential and nonresidential--plus the unexecuted projects shown add up to a new understanding of Wright’s mentality. The author, Grant Carpenter Manson, first met Mr. Wright in 1939 while preparing his Harvard doctoral thesis, but his influence reaches back to Mr. Manson’s childhood. He fell in love with the Husser House at the age of six and has been faithful ever since.

Table of Contents
The Formation of His Architecture
Inheritance and Environment
The Studio, Oak Park
The First Golden Age
The Prairie House Unveiled
The Buffalo Venture
Unity Church
Variations on a Theme
The Heyday of the Prairie House
Some Office Tragedies
The End of an Era    [Book ID # 499]


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