MIES VAN DER ROHE Drawings in the collection of the museum of modern art, new york 1969 First trade edition, printed by The Meriden Gravure Company
Wonderful presentation grouped by technique and arranged chronologically, with an introduction and notes to plates by Ludwig Glaeser, author and historian, who spent most of his career at The Museum of Modern Art as a curator.
Meis Van Der Rohe, among the most important founders of modern architecture. With enormous influence and highly regarded though out his long and productive career achieving in 1959 the 'Orden Pour le Merite' (germany) and in 1963 the 'Presidential medal of Freedom' (USA).
In this large book there is a total of 31 plates, some in color, including elevations and perspectives, fountain pen sketches, charcoal drawings and montages as personal as handwriting, never containing people for scale, but instead sculpture and art such as Lehnbruck's elongated bodies and Maillol's reclining nudes.
List of plates: 2 of Friedrichstrasse, Glass Skyscraper, Concrete Office Building, 3 of Courthouse, 2 of Country House, Hillside House, House for the Architect, 4 of the Gericke House, Lange House, 3 of the Hubbe House, 2 of Museum for a Small City, Row House with Court, House with 3 Courts, 2 of Court House, Resor House, 2 of Museum for a Small City, Concert Hall, Library and Administration Building, Convention Hall
Also included are 11 pages titled "Notes to the Plates" with additional plans, elevations and sketches.
The format is an oblong "elephant" folio, with 3/4" dia. black Wire-O binding of heavy gold cardstock covers with crisp black titling on front only. Minor scratches on lower front and back covers and light wear to extremities.
While this incredible book was at press Meis Van Der Rohe passed away at the age of 84.