Terra Cotta of the Italian Renaissance. TERRA COTTA.

Terra Cotta of the Italian Renaissance.

New York: National Terra Cotta Society, [1925]. Hardcover. 4to. Black cloth spine with gilt lettering and brown paper over boards with tan lettering. viii, 200pp. Extensive full-page illustrations. Very good. Faint bit of edgewear, with couple of corner bumps; front flyleaf an expert modern replacement. Item #43624

A tight, attractive first edition of this largely-pictorial history of terra cotta architectural details. Front pastedown bears the handsome custom bookplate of Anker Sverre Graven (d. 1932), noted Chicago architect whose firm Graven & Maygers is best known for a string of high-profile commissions of glitzy, opulent movie palaces and other structures in the Midwest and elsewhere in the 1920s -- structures in which terra cotta elements such as those depicted in this book are very much evident. Nice copy of an uncommon title with interesting background.

Price: $100.00

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