"A PORTRAYER OF MEN. A GOOD MAN HIMSELF": FIRST EDITION OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S LANDMARK FUTURE OF ARCHITECTURE, WONDERFULLY INSCRIBED TO DOUGLAS GLASS, THE WELL-KNOWN SUNDAY TIMES PHOTOGRAPHER WHO SHOT A PORTRAIT OF WRIGHT
WRIGHT, Frank Lloyd. The Future of Architecture. New York: Horizon Press, 1953. Quarto, original red and white cloth, original dust jacket. $4500.
First edition of this “definitive” volume on architecture as “a basic, organic necessity for a true democracy,” with frontispiece portrait of Wright and 35 photographs of his buildings, inscribed in the year of publication to a prominent Sunday Times photographer: "To Douglass Glass, Portrayer of men. A good man himself. Frank Lloyd Wright, New York, Nov. 53."
This seminal work by the most influential architect of the 20th century was "happily welcomed… as one of the most important books of our time." In it Wright presents his theories within the frame of his life's work, augmented by a selection of his famous Princeton, Chicago and London lectures—on the organic nature of architecture and the role of man in determining his environment—collected here for the first time. Included, most notably, is his vision of a new architecture, in the form of two important essays: "Some Aspects of the Future of Architecture" and "The Language of an Organic Architecture." Illustrated with several black-and-white photographs. Sweeney 913. This copy is inscribed to Douglas Glass, who worked as a portrait photographer for the Sunday Times between 1949 and 1961. During his tenure there, he even photographed Wright. Nearly two dozen of Glass' portraits are housed at the National Portrait Gallery.
Book with a couple spots of soiling to edges of text block and mild wear and toning to spine. Dust jacket with expert restoration. An extremely good inscribed copy with interesting provenance.