Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc, 1964. 2nd Printing. Quarto, publisher's photo-illustrated stiff paper wraps, white spine lettered in black.
"[A]rchitectural history as we know it...amounts to little more than a who's who of architects who commemorated power and wealth; an anthology of buildings of, by, and for the privileged – the houses of true and false gods, of merchant princes and princes of the blood – with never a word about the houses of lesser people" (from the preface). Exhibition catalog for a groundbreaking MoMA show of vernacular and indigenous architecture (November 9, 1964 - February 7, 1965). Czech-born American architect and teacher Rudofsky was a trenchant, lifelong critic of received notions about every aspect of Western design, from clothing and footwear to plumbing and city streets. This, his best-known study, looks at arbors, bathhouses, caravansarai, teahouses, grass structures, pile dwellings, granaries, water wheels and more. Illustrated with 156 black-and-white photos, several full and double-page, with a list of sources. Rubbing to spine-ends and edges, soiling to wraps with damp stain along bottom edge. Very good. Item #2156