Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, . Hardcover. Square small 4to. Blue and grey cloth with gilt spine lettering. 120pp, (27pp). Numerous illustrations. Very good. Faintest of mild binding edgewear; outer edge of first few leaves a tad rough. Item #47190
Handsome first edition of these essays surveying the work of eight influential modern architects: Pietro Belluschi, Vernon DeMars, O'Neil Ford, Charles M. Goodman, Victor Gruen, I.M. Pei, John Lyon Reid and Marshall Shaffer. Best of all, this copy bears a fine autograph addition, for tipped to the front flyleaf is the bold signature of the last survivor of this distinguished architectural octette: I.M. Pei boldly signs a heavy stock 5" X 3" card, bearing typed date at upper right of 18 April 1977. Pei (1917-2019) was a Chinese-American architect and one of the most renowned practitioners of his generation. Laid in is the perfect bookmark: Pei's original signature transmittal envelope. A volume in the "Rice University Semicentennial Publications" series.