CHERNYKOV, Iakov. Arkhitekturniie Fantazii [Architectural Fictions]. 102 pp. Illustrated with numerous textual illustrations and 101 colour plates. Small folio, 300 x 200 mm, bound in original blue embossed cloth. Leningrad: "Meshdunarodnaja Kniga" (Leningrad Section), 1933.
First Edition of this landmark work of Soviet architectural fantasies, lavishly illustrated with dramatic designs of possible cities, factories, monumental buildings, and more. This is the best and most important publication by Chernykov, and one of the most exciting books on architecture issued in the twentieth century, "an amazing compendium of one hundred and one coloured inventions which still excite the imagination today... The verdict must surely be that Tchernykov's almost unlimited imagination for architectural forms provides a pattern book for modernist architecture, rather than a repertoire of viable designs" (Compton, Russian Avant-Garde Books 143-4). Published in collaboration with D. Kopanitzin and E. Pavlova, this first edition was limited to 3000 copies, although very few now exist in permanent or private collections. Binding with some minor professional restoration, overall in excellent condition.
Senkevitch, Soviet Architecture 1917-1967 (Charlottesville, 1974) 205. Centre Pompidou, Paris-Moscou 1900-1930 (Paris, 1979) 567. Andel 301-302.
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