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The Autobiography of an Idea. With a Foreword by Claude Bragdon.
New York: Press of the American Institute of Architects, Inc, 1924 - Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine and front board gilt. With the dust jacket. Corners of boards lightly bumped, faint spotting to cloth, light foxing to edges of text block and endpapers. An excellent copy in a bright with one small discoloured spot and tiny closed tear to front panel. First edition, first printing, of the "father of skyscrapers", American architect Louis Henry Sullivan's autobiography, written in the third person when Sullivan was nearing the end of his life and stopping abruptly at the age of 38. Sullivan (1856 –1924) single-handedly forged an American style of architecture, designing buildings such as the Guaranty Building (1894) in Buffalo, New York, which would become blueprints for following generations of architects. A true modernist, he was the first to proclaim that form should follow function in a poem he wrote in 1896. The Autobiography of an Idea was initially serialised in the Journal of the American Architects in 1922–3. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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