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Monographs or surveys on architectural movements and architects from the post WW I era (1918) to the present.

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Cheney, Sheldon, The New World Architecture, London, New York, & Toronto, Longmans, Green & Co., 1930, first edition, 4to (10.25" x 7.75"), hardcover, red cloth boards w/ black cloth spine, gilt titles & gilt skyscraper illustration, VG+ / none. Previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown & sig. to ffep, spine faded at extremities.

ix, [3], 404 pp., index. 389 illustrations. Early study of 20th-century western architecture, the influences of currents at work from movements in Europe such as Bauhaus and the Wiener Werkstatte.

Early study of modern 20th-century western architecture, the influences of currents at work from movements in Europe such as Bauhaus and the Wiener Werkstatte. Cheney's study was one of the first popular books, in English, to offer a general overview of modern architecture. It featured the work of many modernist architects and did much to popularize the art. "Except for a few pictures introduced for purposes of contrast, " writes Mr. Cheney, "you will find in all the 300 illustrations in this book not a single Greek column or Gothic buttress or Romanesque portal or English-Palladian window."

From the publisher: "In this book Sheldon Cheney has made the first world survey of modern architecture as it has emerged during the last forty years. Mr. Cheney deals only with the architecture which has "grown organically out of machine-age materials and methods of structure, out of modern needs and modern living, out of honest aesthetics, free of stylistic trappings.

In addition to outlining the spread of the "new architecture", Mr. Cheney interprets it. The place of style in the new movement, the problem of home-building and living in the machine-age, the relationship of architecture to business and industry, the possibilities of the future city -- all are discussed by the author, as he explores the new of modernity as observed in 1930.

Among the illustrations, Mr. Cheney presents more than 30 examples of the work of FLW, drawings by Hugh Ferriss, a generous [photographic] representation of the new functionalist architects in Germany, particularly Walter Gropius, and examples of relatively unknown [at the time], but important designs by Americans like Maybeck, Neutra, and Goff......A substantial book offering an American perspective on the work of radical architects in the interwar period up to 1930, embracing European buildings in the international modern style and more eclectic modernist buildings in the USA by such architects as Frank Lloyd Wright, Ely Jacques Kahn, and Howe and Lescaze."

The book is divided into the following sections;

Author's Acknowledgments;
The New World Architecture;
The Past and Its Slaves;
Face to Face with the Machine;
Pioneers: Stripped Architecture;
Pioneers: The Search for a Style;
Home;
Work-Places and New Materials;
Housing the Spirit of Man;
The City as Architecture: Life as Art;
Index.

Works by the following are referenced: Adolf Abel, Adler & Sullivan, Alfons Anker, Frank Barber, Otto Bartning, Bauhaus, Peter Behrens, Max Berg, Carl Bergsten, H. P. Berlage, Bliss & Faville, Reginald Blomfield, Dominikus Bohm, Paul Bonatz, Djo Bourgeois, Claude Bragdon, Daniel Burnham, Carrere & Hastings, Corbett - Harrison & McMurray, Ralph Adams Cram, Kirkland Cutter, Willem Dudok, Isadora Duncan, George Elmslie, Emil Fahrenkamp, Hugh Ferriss, Frank Fort, Rudolf Frankel, Paul T. Frankl, Norman Bel Geddes, Cass Gilbert, Bruce Goff, Bertram Goodhue, Kaj Gottlob, Charles & Henry Greene (Greene & Greene), Walter Gropius, Otto Haesler, Arthur Loomis Harmon, Helmle & Corbett, Hans Hertlein, Fritz Hoeger, Josef Hoffmann, Raymond Hood, Clarence Howard, George Howe & William Lescaze, John Mead Howells, Sam Hume, Jarvis Hunt, P. Jeanneret, P. V. Jensen-Klint, Cyrillus Johansson, Reginald Johnson, Robert Edmond Jones, Ely Jacques Kahn, Oskar Kaufmann, Roy Kelley, Frederick Kiesler, Charles Klauder, Gustav Klimt, Klingenberg & Issel, Max Klinger, Jacob Koerfer, Jan Kotera, Wilhelm Kreis, Heinrich Lauterbach, Le Bourgeois & Bourgon, Le Corbusier, William Lescaze, Luckhardt Brothers, Edwin Lutyens, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Ernst May, Bernard Maybeck, Albert Chase McArthur, Voorhees - Gmelin & McKenzie, Charles McKim, Frances and Herbert McNair, Meier - Graefe, Eric (Erich) Mendelsohn, H. F. Mertens, Alfred Messel, Benjamin Morris, Karl Moser, Koloman (Kolo) Moser, Arthur Munson, Richard Neutra, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Ragnar Ostberg, J. J. P. Oud, John and Donald Parkinson, Bruno Taut, Auguste Perret, Hans Poelzig, Wllis Polk, A. Kingsley Porter, Alfred Rading, Andrew Rebori, Lillian Rice, Wilhelm Riphahn, James Gamble Rogers, Harry Rosenthal, Rush - Endacott & Rush, Eliel Saarinen, George Shafer, H. G. J. Schelling, R. M. Schindler, Bruno Schneidereit, F. E. Scholer, George Schreiber, Fritz Schumacher, A. H. Scott, M. H. Baillie-Scott, Lee Simonson, George Washington Smith, Ernst Spolen, Oskar Strnad, Louis Sullivan, Thomas Tait, Thomas Tallmadge, Max Taut, Ivar Tengbom, Heinrich Tessenow, Joseph Urban, Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe, Henry Van De Velde, L. C. Van Der Vlugt, Viennese Secessionism (Secession), Curt Von Brocke, C. F. A. Voysey, Otto Wagner, Lars Wahlman, Ralph Walker, Warren & Wetmore, Nicolas Wasssilieff, Stanford White, Wiener Werkstatte, H. Th. Wijdeveld, Carlton Winslow, Kalr Witzmann, E. F. Wood, Frank Lloyd Wright, Lloyd Wright,et al.

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