First Edition of Richard Neutra's Survival Through Design; Inscribed by Him To Adlai Stevenson
Survival Through Design.
Item Number: 93541
New York: Oxford University Press, 1954.
First edition of this work by one of the great modernist architects of the twentieth century. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To Adlai Stevenson hope and inspiration of his countrymen cordially Richard Neutra 54.” The recipient, Adlai Ewing Stevenson, was an American politician and diplomat noted for his promotion of progressive causes in the Democratic Party. He served as the 31st Governor of Illinois from 1949 to 1953, and received the Democratic Party’s nomination for president in the 1952 and 1956 elections. Adlai Stevenson’s ownership signature to the front free endpaper. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips and wear. A nice association.
One of the most important modernist architects, Austrian-American architect Richard Joseph Neutra gained a reputation for his unique architectural style which gave particular attention to the desires of his clients, in contrast to other architects eager to impose their artistic vision on a client. Survival through design is a revolutionary book on design and its vital significance for the very survival of the human race.