New York: Reinhold Publishing Corporation, . Hardcover. Small 4to. Tan cloth with orange lettering, dust jacket. xvi, 380pp. Illustrations, line drawings, two 2-color foldout diagrams. Near fine/good plus. Jacket edgeworn and rubbed, with several edge chips and a lightly sunned spine -- but complete and overall not unattractive. Item #42837
A tight and lovely first edition of this noted architect's city study -- handsomely inscribed and signed by him in black ink on the half-title page: "To Wallace H. Halsted / with sincere regards / Eliel Saarinen / Cranbrook, May 1944." Halsted was a realtor in Rockford, Illinois, and Cranbrook is the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, which Saarinen served as director and educator. This Finnish-born American architect (1873-1950) known for his Art Nouveau structures was the father of famed modernist architect Eero Saarinen. Scarce.