New York: Duell, Sloan and Pearce, 1949. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's cream cloth, spine stamped in black, upper board stamped in black and red, top edge stained red, original printed dust jacket.
"Not having much to be humble about, I have tried—with honest arrogance—to describe the tragedy, triumph, and significance of the man who invariably styled himself Louis H. Sullivan." First edition of Frank Lloyd Wright's idiosyncratic account of, and eloquent tribute to Chicago School architect and "father of the skyscraper" Sullivan, his "Liebermeister." Part biography, part architectural treatise, Wright here recalls his personal experiences as a young apprentice to Sullivan before they temporarily severed ties in 1894, all the while indicting "the mobocracy" of modern architecture which "swarms and swamps what genuine democracy we have built into our commonplace." Ownership signature of L.H. Shinners to front endpaper, possibly Lloyd Herbert Shinners, Canadian-American botanist. Illustrated with 39 black-and-white reproductions of previously unpublished drawings given to Wright by Sullivan just before his death in 1924. Slight dustiness and shelfwear to cloth; unclipped dust jacket moderately chipped and soiled. Very good. Item #2906