ARCHITECTURE -- Encyclopédie de l'architecture. Constructions modernes. Paris: Albert Morancé [1928-1939]. 12 volumes, small 2° (275 x 230mm). 1200 plates, including some double-page numbered as two, a few hand-coloured. (Occasional minor spotting mainly in the leaves of captions, occasional minor soiling, some minor marginal tears.) Original brown cloth-backed printed paper-covered portfolios with cloth ties, spine printed in gilt (some light wear at the spines, gilt on spine mostly perished, corners lightly rubbed, light soiling, some hinges just starting).
FIRST EDITION. A COMPLETE SET OF THIS RARE AND CELEBRATED SURVEY OF MODERNIST ARCHITECTURE. Richly illustrated throughout with photographs and line drawings of domestic and public buildings, some unrealised, including stadia, swimming pools, casinos, theatres, airports, etc., in France and beyond, including California, Egypt, Germany, and Japan, by leading lights of the period, including Le Corbusier (including his Cartesian skyscraper), Neutra, Schweizer, Mallet-Stevens, Cassan, Pacon, Lucas, Ruhlmann, etc., and colonial projects by Tur. A spectacular publication, and very rare complete. ABPC records no part at auction in over 35 years; we could trace just one, Christie's King Street, 16 May 2001, lot 82 (sold for £7637.50). (12)