Berlin: Rudolf Mosse, 1928. Sixth revised and expanded edition. Hardcover. vg to vg+. Folio (13 1/2 x 9 1/2"). 222, pp. Original quarter black cloth over printed paper covered boards, with black lettering to front cover, and blue lettering to spine. In "Amerika: Bilderbuch eines Architekten" noted Jewish-German architect Erich Mendelsohn published photographs of American cityscapes he took during his frequent trips to the United States in the 1920s. New York's Times Square, Fifth Avenue, the Brooklyn Bridge, Trinity Church are featured as well as Chicago's Michigan Avenue, the Chicago Tribune Building, and the Federal Reserve Bank. Also includes buildings in Buffalo and Detroit. Includes 16 photographs by Lönberg-Holm (which appeared uncredited in Erich Mendelsohn's 1926 first edition. Only in this later, expanded edition was Lönberg-Holm given credit); 1 photograph by Fritz Lang, and 22 photographs by Karweik. El Lissitzky was so impressed with "Amerika" that he said the volume "thrills us like a dramatic film. Before our eyes move pictures that are absolutely unique. In order to understand some of the photographs you must lift the book over your head and rotate it."Text in German. Binding with minor smudging to front and back covers and age toning along bottom edge of front and back covers. Minor rubbing to head and tail of spine. Interior with newspaper clipping pasted on to front free endpaper. Age toning to edges of pages and sporadic minor smudging and staining to pages. Binding in overall very good, interior in very good+ condition.
(Inventory #: 40965)
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