The elegant, oversized original edition of architect Erich Mendelsohn's Amerika: Bilderbuch Eines Architekten (Picture Book of an Architect). Mendelsohn, born in Prussa in 1887, died in San Francisco in 1953. He studied and worked in Germany until 1933 when he fled the Nazis and settled in England. From 1941 until his death, he lived in the United States and taught at UC Berkeley.
Mendelsohn is known for his influence on art deco and his projects for department stores and cinemas. Amerika, "with 77 photographs by the author" beautifully gravure printed in black and white, features photographs of various buildings and architectural styles in New York, Chicago, Detroit and Buffalo with small descriptions or interpretations by Mendelsohn. Text in German. Item #1596.
Condition: Very Good-, toning to covers with some edgewear, bumps/scuffing/chips along cover edges and corners; light fraying to book cloth at top and bottom of spine; some rubbing to "M", "I", and "K" of title lettering on spine; toning/patina to interior pages; some surface indentations and spot to back cover. Overall, very nice for the age.