Ishimoto, Kikuji (石本喜久治).
Kenchikufu (建築譜) [Architectural score]. Utsukushiki FORM no SYMPHONIE – sore wo motomete kuruoshiku mawarishi wa ga wakaki hi no katami (美しきFORMのSYMPHONIE－其を求めて狂しく廻りしわが若き日のかたみ) [Symphony of a beautiful FORM – Memento of my youthful days wandering around madly in search for that].
Osaka, Bunriha kenchikukai [Secessionist Architectural Association], Geiensha (芸苑社). Taishô 13 = 1924.
Frontispiece [After a watercolor by Carl Krayl], (4) VII pp.(“about Kenchikufu”) and 50 b/w plates.
27 x 19 cm. Original cloth-backed boards.
First edition, second printing (1924.9). After he graduated from Tokyo Imperial University in 1920, Ishimoto Kikuji travelled to Europe and to Germany. He was the first Japanese architect to ever work with Walter Gropius, with whom he stayed in contact for long after the two years that he spent at the Bauhaus. On his return to Tokyo, Ishimoto took with him ideas, styles and architectural technologies he had observed in Europe. … His real inspiration was German Expressionism that in the years after World War I was the most powerful force in German architectural life and their idols were the Berlin architects Bruno Taut, Hans Poelzig and Erich Mendelsohn … The establishment of the Bunriha greatly influenced the development of Modernism in Japan. During the eight years that the group was active, it organized a total of seven exhibitions (the last in 1928) exploring new developments in European Architecture and promoting these ideas within Japan’s architectural community. The Bunriha became a valuable model and was taken as example by other social institutions that had the aim to promote modernist architecture in Tokyo. Iride Rosa and Andres Lepik, The Berlin-Tokyo connection. Cover slightly spotty, plates slightly browned, all in all fine copy of the very rare book.