Paris: Delpiré, 1960. 1st French Edition. Quarto, publisher's tangerine cloth, spine and upper board stamped in white, original illustrated dust jacket.
First French edition of German architectural historians Ulrich Conrads and Hans Sperlich’s monograph on utopian building and planning. Moving away from the rational and materialistic views on contemporary form promulgated during the mid-20th century, this text comprises examples of intricate plans and sketches of "fantastic" structures that were never erected alongside photos of buildings that err on the side of irrationality. Includes work by Mies van der Rohe, Rudolf Steiner, Brancusi, Poelzig, Frank Lloyd Wright, Bruno Taut, Corbusier, and several other preeminent architects. Illustrated with black-and-white photos, plans and elevations; with notes and index. Text in French. originally published in Germany the same year. Unclipped dust jacket with minor wear to head of spine, else fine. Item #8268