INSCRIBED BY FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT TO HIS GRANDDAUGHTER, ACTRESS ANNE BAXTER: COPIOUSLY ILLUSTRATED RECORD OF WRIGHT'S "FIRST GOLDEN AGE"
(WRIGHT, Frank Lloyd) MASON, Grant Carpenter. Frank Lloyd Wright to 1910: The First Golden Age. New York: Reinhold, (1958). Quarto, original red cloth, pictorial endpapers, original dust jacket. $4500.
First edition of this illustrated survey of Wright's buildings and projects from the first decade of the 20th century—presentation-association copy warmly inscribed by Wright to his granddaughter, actress Anne Baxter: "To a great actress—his granddaughter Anne—grandfather Frank/59."
"Had Wright's work been fated to terminate in 1910 instead of merely to pause," writes the author, "his place in the story of the emergence of modern architecture would still be first and no less secure." This comprehensive survey of the visionary architect and designer's early career is illustrated with black-and-white plans, drawings and photographs, which feature Wright's Oak Park studio and home, the groundbreaking Unity Church and numerous specimens of Prairie House, culminating in the famous Robie House. Recipient Anne Baxter, Wright's granddaughter, gained renown for her performances in films such as The Magnificent Ambersons, The Razor's Edge, All About Eve (for which she won an Academy Award) and The Ten Commandments. Vintage photograph of recipient Anne Baxter laid in.
A lovely, about-fine inscribed association copy.