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Le Corbusier carried a sketchbook with him nearly everywhere throughout his life. He jotted down everything that caught his interest—buildings, people, pictures, ideas, projects, objects.

Prior to this publication by Architectural History foundation and the MIT Press, Le Corbusier’s heirs, the Fondation Le Corbusier in Paris, have zealously protected these sketchbooks, only making them available for scholars to examine in their Paris vault.

The first volume, shown above, covers the period 1914-1948 and includes drawings from the architect’s training, notes on his life in Paris and his first recorded thoughts and subsequent ideas on city planning, sketches from a Zeppelin trip to South America, his own critique of his Villa Savoie, the conception of the Unité d’habitation for Marseilles, writings on his Pessac housing project, the evolution of the Voisin Plan, and his evaluation of Villa Mandrot, often cited as the turning point in his architectural style.

We have the complete 4 volume set available here.

Fantastic Architecture: Personal and Eccentric Visions.

1st American ed. Very good condition with good to very dust-jacket, minor crinkle on spine of jacket and slight foxing on top edge.
Visionary architectural designs, inhabitable sculpture, buildings made of unconventional materials, and unusual castles, towers, houses, and gardens created by eccentrics.

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The Sea Ranch: The Most Unusual Second-Home Colony ever Conceived by Nature and Man.

Rare. Small catalogue for The Sea Ranch, book designed by Barbara Stauffacher. Good condition, cover is made of delicate paper and is worn.
$70

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Opera del Cav. Francesco Boromino.

Oversize facsimile edition of the 1725 study of the Ticino architect Francesco Borromini. Good condition, minor scuffing on buckram.

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Peter Zumthor: Works. Buildings and Projects 1979-1997.

Very Rare. The first complete survey of this exacting Swiss architect. Photographs by Helene Binet. Very good condition, cover has some scuffs and purple text is scuffed a bit, cover slightly sunned, and back cover shows some signs of wear. Inside in near fine.

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Learning From Las Vegas.

Scarce first ed. Book is in very good condition, first page has a small stain and the previous owner’s name in ink. The dust-jacket is in poor condition, with a rip along the spine, small sections missing and a quite dirtied appearance. It has been wrapped in a brodart which makes it look not as bad.

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Domebook 2. (2 different editions)

Second of Lloyd Kahn‘s (Shelter Publiscations) dome books.

Third edition. Good condition, some wear along the spine and interior pages because of the quality of the paper.
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Second edition. Good condition, some wear along the spine and 2 random ink marks on front cover.

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