New York: Reynal & Hitchcock, 1948. 1st Edition. Quarto, publisher's ecru cloth, spine lettered in black, upper board pictorially stamped in black, color frontispiece, original illustrated dust jacket.
"It may be said that a man's habitation is a creation of love...." First edition of this mid-career summa of the work of influential Swiss-French architect Jeanneret, better known as Le Corbusier. The book aims, among other things, to place Corbusier's efforts as a painter and sculptor alongside his achievements in architecture, to demonstrate how the two are in dialogue with one another, and further, to synthesize all of his concerns with the organization and humanization of space. Illustrated throughout with black-and-white photos, plans and reproductions. With a biographical note, text by Corbusier, a listing of his works and bibliography. Boards slightly bowed, last few pages roughly handled with one signature sprung. Price-clipped dust jacket moderately chipped at spine-ends, with a few small chips to edges and flap folds and larger triangular closed tear to lower edge of rear panel. A good copy of an uncommon book, especially in original dust jacket. Item #612