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Bauhausbücher 1: Walter Gropius: International Architektur Walter Gropius and L.Moholy-Nagy, Albert Langen Verlag, Munchen, 125. 111 pages, Hardcover. This copy of Bauhausbücher 1 is ex libris collection of Richard Neutra. The young architect was gaining notoriety and Walter Gropius, upon learning of the promising young architect, signed and personally inscribed this to Neutra.

Bauhausbücher 2: Paul Klee: Pedagogisches Skizzenbuch Paul Klee, Albert Langen Verlag, Munchen, 1925. 51 pages, Hardcover.

Bauhausbücher 3: Meyer: Ein Versuchshaus des Bauhauses im Weimar Adolf Meyer, Albert Langen Verlag, Munchen, 1924. 78 pages, Hardcover.

Bauhausbücher 4: Die Buhne Im Bauhaus Walter Gropius and L. Maholy-Nagy, Albert Langen Verlag, Munchen, 1924. 85 pages, Hardcover.

Bauhausbücher 5: Piet Mondrian Neue Gestaltung Piet Mondrian, Albert Langen Verlag, Munchen. 66 pages, Hardcover.

Bauhausbücher 6: Theo van Doesburg: GrundBegriffe der Neuen Gestaltenden Kunst Theo Van Doesburg, Albert Langen Verlag, Munchen, 1924. Hardcover.

Bauhausbücher 7: Neue Arbeiten der Bauhauswerkstatten Walter Gropius and L. Maholy-Nagy, Albert Langen Verlag, Munchen, 1925. 115 pages, Hardcover.

Bauhausbücher 8: László Moholy-Nagy: Malerei, Photographie, Film László Moholy-Nagy, Albert Langen Verlag, Munchen, 1925. 133 pages, Hardcover.

Bauhausbücher 9: Kandinsky: Punkt und Linie zu Flache, 2. Auflage Wassily Kandinsky, Albert Langen Verlag, Munchen, 1928. 194 pages, Hardcover.

Bauhausbücher 10: J.J.P. Oud: Hollandische Architektur J.J.P. Oud, Albert Langen Verlag, Munchen. 85 pages, Hardcover.

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Volume one of this complete set was a gift from Walter Gropius to Richard Neutra. This special inscribed volume was acquired from Art Books Only in Santa Barbara. The other thirteen volumes were acquired from the Estate of James Prestini, an American artist and craftsman who worked in the Bauhaus tradition.


A Fourteen Volume Complete Set

Nobody did more to shape the course of modern architecture and design than Walter Gropius (1893-1969) who founded the Bauhaus in 1919 and designed its iconic second home in Dessau before immigrating to the United States where he headed the Harvard Graduate School of Design and revolutionized architectural education. His contemporary, Richard Neutra (1887-1970), honed his skills working with Eric Mendelsohn in Berlin, and Frank Lloyd Wright in Wisconsin, and then introduced European modernism to California. In a prolific, five-decade career he designed 300 houses that reshaped the way progressive Americans lived and have an equally strong appeal to a new generation of owners.

The first volume of this set includes a dedication from Gropius to Neutra—“To my dear friend, this is my new project”—making it a uniquely important artifact.

These seminal figures shared a belief in the redemptive properties of modernism and the first volume of this set includes a dedication from Gropius to Neutra—“To my dear friend, this is my new project”—making it a uniquely important artifact. The year was 1925, and the school had just relocated from Weimar to Dessau. Gropius was eager to popularize the ideas of the Bauhaus and the work of its teachers—architects and designers, artists and artisans who were eager to change the world. A series of thirty-one inexpensive books, designed by László Moholy-Nagy, were planned. Eight were published in 1925, six more over the next five years and then, when Hannes Meyer became director, the project was ended.

Walter Gropius 1883–1969

Walter Gropius was a monumental figure in shaping modern architecture, as well as modern arts education. As director of the Bauhaus school from 1919 to 1928, Gropius innovated the approach of integrating crafts training into a traditional arts education, emphasizing the importance of understanding materials, process and working collaboratively. He also believed that architecture should relate to the contemporary world and its immediate needs, rather than rely on historical references or purely aesthetic concerns. Gropius was markedly unpretentious and created bright, open buildings with a keen understanding of how those spaces related to the needs of individuals and communities.

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