Der Stil in den technischen und tektonischen Künsten, oder praktische Aesthetik. Ein Handbuch für Techniker, Künstler und Kunstfreunde.
2 vols. Vol. 1: Die textile Kunst für sich betrachtet und in Beziehung zur Baukunst. Vol. 2: Keramik, Tektonik, Stereotomie, Metallotechnik für sich betrachtet und in Beziehung zur Baukunst.
Frankfurt Verlag für Kunst und Wissenschaft 1860 [vol. 1] and München, Bruckmann 1863 [vol. 2].
(2), XLIII, 525, (3) pages, 125 text illustrations and 15 chromolitho plates; (6), 589, (5) pages, 239 text illustrations and 4 chromolitho plates (num. XVI-XXII).
23 x 15,5 cm. Contemporary quarter calf.
First edition. A third volume, which would have covered architecture, was intended but never published.
„Gottfried Semper (1803-1879) was the most admired architect in Germany fort he generation, after Karl Friedrich Schinkel, and his major book, the two-volume „Der Stil“, shows Semper to have been one oft he most prescient theorists oft he nineteenth century. His writings are not affected by the occasional parochialism of, for example, Viollet-Le Duc, Pugin, or Morris. He was in every sense oft he word a European. He received his training in Germany and France, made three-year study tour to Italy and Greece, and worked as an architect and teacher in Germany, England, Switzerland, and Austria. His influence reached into the twentieth century can be found among such a wide-ranging group of architects as Otto Wagern, H.P. Berlage, Walter Gropius, and Bruno Taut.“ Placzek, Macmillan Encyclopedia of Architects, vol. 4, p. 24ff.
Very scattered light foxing, one oft he best copies I have seen.