[Lyon (The Author), 1911].. 9 color plates, with 17 illustrations (partly in color and in sepia). Contents loose, as issued. Portfolio dimensions: ca. 65 x 76 cm. (ca. 25.5 x 30 inches). Oblong large folio. Publishers textured green cloth portfolio, titled in red on the front cover; cloth ties. This very rare folio, privately printed by Garnier himself, documents, entirely in paintings, drawings, and plans, the architect's imaginative reconstruction of the ruined ancient city of Tusculum, in the Alban hills outside Rome. Issued without text of any kind, the publication records Garnier's formal envoi to the French Academy in Rome for his third and fourth year of residence, having won the Grand Prix de Rome in 1899. Garnier's unprecedented decision to take on the urban fabric of an entire city for his submission, rather than just the reconstitution of a single classical monument, is revealing of the ambitions leading him at this time toward the "Cité industrielle" (begun in 1904, though not published until 1918), and aspects of the structures in Tusculum can be seen to anticipate elements of his own later work in reinforced concrete. "Tusculum" includes two dramatic panoramic paintings of the mountaintop acropolis as seen from vantage points across the valley, detailed studies of individual architectural elements, extensive aerial plans, and elevations of classical theatres and amphitheatres, among other subjects. Presentation copy, inscribed below the image of the aerial view, au jeune ami [?]/ 15/5/41/ Tony Garnier. Rare; OCLC records only five copies of the work worldwide (including at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Centre Canadien dArchitecture). A few tiny creases at the extreme edges of the plates; a very fine, fresh, bright copy. (Inventory #: B157461-1)
Art, Architecture, Archaeology, Photography, Modern Illustrated Books, Rarities of the Modern Avant-Garde
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