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Mendelsohn, Erich (Artist/Architect/Designer); Koster, Arthur (Photographer) & Ozenfant, Amedee. NEUES HAUS NEUE WELT/NEW HOUSE NEW WORLD. Berlin, Germany: Rudolf Mosse Buchverlag, 1932. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 72 pages. Fine.

Collection of black-and-white photographs of the artist/architect/designer's home. One of the greatest photography, architecture, and home design books of the 20th century. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the Third Edition. Published in a tiny first print run as a hardcover original only. There is no ISBN. The book is now rare. An austerely elegant production by Erich Mendelsohn: Oversize-volume format. Cream hard boards with titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Arthur Koster. Text by Amedee Ozenfant in the German original and felicitous English and French translations. Printed in gravure by Rudolf Mosse Buchverlag in Berlin, Germany to the highest standards. The reproduction quality of each image is unsurpassed in its crispness, warmth, and tonal range. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Erich Mendelsohn's "Neues Haus Neue Welt/New House New World". The Mendelsohn House in Rupenhorn, Germany, which showcases the great architect/designer's aesthetics and worldview. Those of us accustomed to the glossy pages of Architectural Digest Magazine will never be the same again upon re-discovering this great book, first published in 1932. The Mendelsohn House is impeccable and sublime. As the contributor Amedee Ozenfant writes, it is Bach's music incarnated in structure and place. Its guiding principles are order, symmetry, and balance, realized in a completely Modern context. Hence the title. The best way to appreciate what Erich Mendelsohn has achieved is to say what it is not: It is elegant, NOT opulent. It is understated, NOT ostentatious. It is Classical and Modern at the same time, NOT nostalgic and sentimental. It is a house, NOT a palace. As such, it may not be to everyone's taste today because it isn't about "showing-off" excess, which is the prevailing aesthetic taste. Arthur Koster's photographs are captured for posterity in rich gravure that have never been surpassed. A legend upon its completion, the Mendelsohn House was seized by the Nazis. A Jew, Mendelsohn's entire fortune was confiscated; he was forced to flee first to the United Kingdom and eventually to the United States, where he rebuilt his shattered life and career as the chief exemplar of "Expressionist Functionalism" in architecture, creating the blueprint for America's department stores, designing some of its most celebrated structures, teaching at the University of California Berkeley, and building the bridge between Europe and America with Art Deco design. The guide to timeless elegance and beauty. An absolute "must-have" title for Erich Mendelsohn and photography collectors. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing (1932, no further indications) available online and is in fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a beauty. Please note: Copies of the Third Edition available online have serious flaws. A rare copy thus. One of the greatest architect/designers of the 20th century. A fine collectible copy. . $600.00

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