First Edition of Addison Mizner's Autobiography The Many Mizners; Signed by Him
The Many Mizners.
Item Number: 23016
New York: The Sears Publishing Company, 1932.
First edition. Octavo, original orange cloth. Boldly signed by Addison Mizner on the front front free endpaper. In very good condition with some rubbing to the cloth extremities, offsetting to the front endpaper from newspaper clipping from Mizner pasted to the pastedown. Rare signed as Mizner passed away the following year of publication in 1933.
An architect who excelled at transforming an architectural fantasy into a practical, livable home, Addison Mizner was one of the most original and influential designers America has produced. The houses, clubs, and shops he built for the clients of Palm Beach and Boca Raton, Florida, evince a brilliant grasp of how to blend a building with the environment, how to adapt it to the climate and how to situate it in order to make the best use of the elements of sea, light, and air. Florida Architecture of Addison Mizner shows more than 30 residences, including Mizner's own, plus those of Harold Vanderbilt, Rudman Wanamaker, A. J. Drexel Biddle, Jr., Edward Shearson, Mrs. Hugh Dillman, and many more. Also covered are such landmark Mizner creations as the Everglades Club, Via Parigi, the Singer Building, The Cloister at Boca Raton, the Riverside Baptist Church at Jacksonville, and many others. An introduction by author and journalist Ida M. Tarbell offers fascinating glimpses into Mizner's early life and background, and how it prepared him to develop architecture that "belonged" in the Florida landscape. Inspired by the beauty and charm of the villas and palaces of the Mediterranean, Mizner designed in a Spanish Colonial style far better suited to the subtropical sun and climate of Florida than the transplanted houses of the North at first so common in the state. In 1932 he published The Many Mizners, an autobiography covering his youth, years in Alaska, and time in New York until the death of his mother. A second volume telling of his work in Florida was begun but never completed as Mizner died in 1933 of a heart attack in Palm Beach.