Cheney, Sheldon: THE NEW WORLD ARCHITECTURE. New York: Longmans Green and Co., 1930.

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Sheldon Cheney

Sheldon Cheney:THE NEW WORLD ARCHITECTURE. New York: Longmans Green and Co., 1930. First edition. Red cloth stamped in gold with titled black backstrip. 404 pp. 389 photographs. Red cloth sunned and mottled, especially to spine. Spine crown chipped with loss. Architectural historian’s bookplates to front endpaper.  Few light pencil lines to textblock margins. Lightly handled, thus a very good copy of the true first edition.

8.75 x 10.25 hardcover book with 404 pages and 389 black and white photographs of the best architecture from the first third of the 20th-century, from the Prairie to the International Styles, with proper tributes to the Bauhaus, Wiener Werkstatte, Art Deco and Moderne, De Stijl and other styles and movements. Gorgeous Deco binding with dark red cloth embossed and gold-stamped with decorations that mirror the jacket design.

From the book: ". .  . Sheldon Cheney has made the first world survey of modern architecture as it has emerged during the last forty years. Mr. Cheney deals only with the architecture which has "grown organically out of machine-age materials and methdos of structure, out of modern needs and modern living, out of honest aesthetics, free of stylistic trappings."

“The result is a startling volume. In addition to outlining the world growth of the new architecture, Mr. Cheney interprets it. The place of style in the new movement, the problem of home-building and living in the machine-age, the relation of architecture to business and industry, the possibilities of the future city -- all these have their place in the book. The volume is a necord and a discussion valuable not only to all readers interested in architecture, but also to all who are interested in modern life.”

“Among the illustrations, Mr. Cheney presents more than 30 examples of the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, drawings by Hugh Ferriss, a generous representation of the new functionalist architects in Germany, particularly Walter Gropius, and examples of relatively unknown but important designs by Americans like Maybeck, Neutra, and Goff.”

  • Author's Acknowledgments
  • The New World Architecture
  • The Past and Its Slaves
  • to Face with the Machine
  • Pioneers: Stripped Architecture
  • Pioneers: The Search for a Style
  • Home
  • Work-Places and New Materials
  • Housing the Spirit of Man
  • The City as Architecture: Life as Art
  • Index

Includes work by Walter Gropius, Frank Lloyd Wright, Josef Urban, Bruno Taut, Lloyd Wright, Ralph T. Walker, Otto Wagner, Mies Van Der Rohe, Louis Sullivan, Henry Van De Velde, Paul T. Frankl, Hugh Ferriss, Otto Haesler, Bertram Goodhue, Norman Bel Geddes, Cass Gilbert, Bruce Goff, Joseph Frank, Emil Fahrenkamp, George Elmslie, Josef Hoffmann, Raymond Hood, George Howe, William Lescaze, Ely Jacques Kahn, Frederick Kiesler, Wilhelm Kreis, Le Corbusier, Max Littmann, Joseph Maria Olbrich, Fritz Schumacher, R. M. Schindler, Eliel Saarinen, Auguste Perret, Hans Poelzig, Robert Mallet-Stevens, Bernard Maybeck, Erich Mendelsohn, Koloman Moser, Karl Moser, Richard Neutra, J. J. P. Oud, Willem Dudok, Claude Bragdon, Adolf Abel, Peter Behrens, Djo Bourgeois, Paul Bonatz, Hans Berlage, Otto Bartning, and others.