Le Corbusier [Pseudonym of Charles Édouard Jeanneret] – Saugnier [Pseudonym of Amédée Ozenfant].
Vers une Architecture.
Paris, Editions G. Cres et Cie .
XI, (1), 230, (2)pp. Numerous illustrations in text.
25,5 x 16,5 cm. Original illustrated wrappers, lettered in black on spine.
First edition, second printing of one of the most important architectural books of the 20th century. Composed of articles originally appearing in L'Espirit Nouveau, Le Corbusier's work outlines his visions of modern architecture and stresses the importance of mass production and standardized designs. While he writes that "La maison est une machine à habiter," Le Corbusier was above all an artist who emphasized the artistic aesthetic of architecture. The book's publication served to mark "... a milestone in the development of the modern movement and Le Corbusier's influence has probably been greater than that of any other writer on architecture in this century" (Printing and the Mind of Man 413). The designation “Deuxième edition” at the base of the front cover refers in this case simply to a second printing of the first edition. The second edition proper was published a year later, in 1924, with revisions, under the name ‘Le Corbusier’, rather than ‘Le Corbusier-Saugnier`. A splendid, fine and fresh copy. Very rarely seen in this fine condition.