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Survival Through Design [with] Original Brass binding die-stamp for the spine of the book
New York: Oxford University Press. 1954. First. First edition. 384pp. Tiny ownership stamp of an architect, D. Coder Taylor (who collaborated with Mies van der Rohe), and a little toning in the gutters, near fine without dustwrapper.[With]: Original brass binding die stamp for the spine of the book. Approximately 1.25" x 2". A little tarnished, else about fine. The die reads (in reverse lettering): "Survival / Through / Design".The provenance presents a mildly interesting story: a local colleague was buying books out of the trunk of a gentleman's car and came across a bag of brass die-stamps from the Oxford University Press from the late 1930s through the early 1950s, when Oxford did much of their printing in the U.S. My colleague inquired and the gentleman revealed that his next stop was the scrap yard where he was going to sell the dies to be melted down for the brass. My colleague paid him double the scrap price for them. We paid a bit more. In any event, a unique artifact of an important book by an important modernist architect. .
      [Bookseller: Between the Covers- Rare Books, Inc. ABA]
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