Architectural Details: Spain and the Mediterranean
first edition Hardcover
1926 · Los Angeles
by Requa, Richard S.
Los Angeles: Monolith Portland Cement Company, 1926. First edition. Hardcover. vg. 636/1000. Special Architects Edition. Folio. 8pp., 144 numbered plates. Original brown leatherette string-tied portfolio box with embossed color image and lettering in three separate decorative embossed frames on cover, two with lettering on spine. A portfolio of one hundred and forty-four plates; reproductions of photographs taken, selected and arranged especially for use in developing a logical and appropriate style of architecture for California and the Pacific Southwest. The photographs of buildings, gardens and details were taken by the author during his trip through the Mediterranean countries prior to the publication of this work, encountering southern Europe, northern Africa, and the islands of the Mediterranean. Scarce complete first edition containing a foreword by Requa and twelve sections A-L in separate portfolios with light brown covers holding twelve numbered photographic plates each, with table of content printed to covers and captions to verso of the plates: Houses-Country Type; Buildings-City Type; Street Scenes; Street Facades and Entrances; Doorways; Door Details-Grilles-Gates; Balconies; Window Grills and Shutters; Roofs-Towers-Cornices; Courts and Patios; Garden Details; and miscellaneous. The photographs (6 1/4 x8 1/2") are reproduced in high quality offset printing are selected and arranged especially for use in developing a logical and appropriate style of architecture for California and the Pacific Southwest. Requa's style is considered Spanish Revival architecture with occasional American Craftsman influences. The architectural firm Requa & Jackson dominated San Diego architecture during the 1920s triggering a wave of interest in the Spanish Mediterranean style and creating what was deemed the California Style. Requa was also the Master Architect for the California Pacific International Exhibition, held in Balboa Park in 1935-36. This deluxe Special Architect's Edition was published one year before the regular book version and was distributed to architects, technical schools and libraries of California. This copy contains signature and date (March 1927) of the architect Charles H. Holmstrom on inside front cover of portfolio. Portfolio box with light wear along edges, small chips and scuffing, missing one of the string-ties. Bottom plank lightly cracked. Portfolio box in overall good-, interior in near fine condition. (Inventory #: 47543)