1929. A complete set in three volumes, 176, 295, 148 pp., of the short-lived yearbook on modern architecture, directed and published by the designer and typographer Karel Teige, with text in Czech, subtitled in Czech, French, German, and Russian, Vol. I "Architecture and Urbanisms", Vol. II "Modern Architecture in Czechoslovakia", and Vol. III "Construction and Plans (Havlicek & Honzik)", the latter volume by the avant-garde architects Josef Havlicek and Karel Honzik with epilogue by Karel Teige. Profusely illustrated throughout with reproductions from photographs, plans, and drawings, illustrations captioned in Czech, French, and German. Small square 4to. Volumes 2 and 3 original illustrated wrpps., Volume 1 in cloth-backed boards. Some very minor wear and soiling to wrpps. Prague (Odeon) 1929-1931.
Volume I focused on European designers and architectural theorists, surveying the various experiments and achievements of modern design and architecture of the time. Volume II emphasized the contribution of Czech and Czech-born architects in the 20th century, and their unique contributions to modern design. Volume III, as noted above, is a monograph dedicated to the work of Havlicek and Honzik, two important functionalist architects. Contributors to the various volumes of M.S.A. included Hannes Mayer, Walter Gropius, Mies van der Rohe, Marcel Breuer, Ludwig, Hilbersheimer, El Lissitzky, Werner Gräff, Josef Hausenblas, Adolf Loos, Ivan Leonidov, Matt Stam, Vesnin, Le Corbusier, Alberto Sartoris, and many others, with typographical design and covers by Karel Teige. An essential document of modern architecture. Scarce institutionally. Book ID: 1832