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Frank Lloyd Wright: Complete Works, Vol. 1, 1885–-1916 Hardcover – May 15, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-3836509275 ISBN-10: 383650927X Edition: Box Mul

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Peter Gössel runs an agency for museum and exhibition design. For TASCHEN he published monographs on Julius Shulman, R.M. Schindler, John Lautner and Richard Neutra as well as several titles in the Basic Architecture Series.

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer became Frank Lloyd Wright’s apprentice at the Taliesin Fellowship in 1949. In 1957, he attended the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris, returning in 1958 to continue his apprenticeship with Wright until his death in 1959. He remains at Taliesin to this day, as director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives, a vice-president of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, and author of numerous publications on Wright's life and work.
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  • Hardcover: 580 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen; Box Mul edition (May 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 383650927X
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836509275
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 2.5 x 18.2 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Rhode Island Reader on May 18, 2011
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First, it must be said that contents of this book leave almost nothing to be desired. There are excellent photographs and Wright's drawings are reproduced on a rarely seen scale - there are drawings for most verified projects. Printing and presentation is beautiful. The only criticism I have is the inclusion of some projects done in Louis Sullivan's office that cannot be attributed to Wright with certainty. These projects - including Sullivan's now-vanished summer house in Ocean Springs, MS and the house designed for Louis Sullivan's brother Albert in Chicago - are considered Sullivan's work by some historians. The Albert Sullivan house has a strong Sullivan decorative aesthetic that does not appear in Wright's work. Of course, Wright was Sullivan's employee, but his role is not always clear. The author also appropriately credits Marion Mahony's participation on some projects.
The difficult part of this book is its size and weight. Others who bought volumes in this series have commented on this, but it is hard to appreciate until you actually see one. It is very difficult to handle, heavier than the thickest Sweet's Catalog. It would be easy to injure one's back while handling it. Its dimensions make flat storage advisable, on a surface that can support it adequately. It does not easily fit in most bookshelves; the dimensions are 18.2 x 13.2 x 2.4 inches, as the product description notes. It is quite heavy for a book, nearly 14 pounds. It reminds me of a set of giant dictionaries that were in my home as a child, which required a special stand. It must be placed on a desk or table to use. I am strongly tempted to return it because of the handling issues. The book come in an orange box that also serves as a folding cardboard suitcase with a plastic handle. If you buy the book, the "suitcase" is handy - don't throw it away.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Luigi Facotti VINE VOICE on September 20, 2011
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The last of the three volumes on FLW from Taschen has finally arrived. In general, it is, like volumes 2 and 3 a major addition to the FLW literature. However, Taschen is becoming increasing sloppy with their print and image quality - more quantity less quality. There are obviously many books that do a far better job in providing photographs of FLWs houses and offices - Schulman's being the most prominent. And throughout the present Taschen volumes, the floor plans/blueprints range from nearly readable to unreadable. This is unfortunate as these volumes - designed to be the defining word on FLW - should really have these plans in readable form as the coffee table books on Fallingwater, the houses, the buildings do not go that far - while Storrer's Companion while invaluable - is not a work of art in its presentation. Readable floor plans do exist as those who have seen the Wasmuth book will know.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Thompson on May 19, 2011
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Mr. Pfeiffer, will you or one of your minions kindly explain to me why you used an outdated photo of the the Heurtley house (in an altered condition)rather than a current photograph showing the pristine restoration which was carried out well over a decade ago? It frankly boggles the mind that you apparently didn't care enough to use a current (or historic) photo showing that important house as built. There are other judgements in error throughout the book but that is the most boneheaded.

As with the other 2 volumes, the work is interesting and generally well presented. It is a very large book so the reader is advised to open it on a large table so it can be easily perused. It's essential for any serious student of Wright's work. I wish that better judgement would have been shown by the author in choosing illustrations.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert G. Smith on December 13, 2012
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Ok, I'm a FLLW nut. I have the twelve volume Japanese set along with the paperbacks and inferior hardcovers that came out at the same time as photographic tours of the actual houses. I also have literally a couple hundred other books and publications that have come out over the years and, since I grew up in Chicago I've actually been to many of the buildings in this book and had public and private tours of them. One thing I will say about all of that is that I am always discovering something new. That includes this book and the second in the series as well.

First off, while I appreciate the size I question how well put together they are. I hope they hold up over the years, but I have my doubts. The fake wood binding is abhorrent. Mr. Wright would not approve.

The quality of the photos is uneven. I agree with the review that commented on the Huertly House photos. This home has been restored very faithfully, so why give us old photos that show it in a less than ideal state? Similarly both the Allen and the Booth house which contain some rarely seen Wright objects and furniture are passed over with little appreciation to their importance.

I guess when you are as avid as I am you will never be truly happy, but for someone who wants a catalog of the work these books are a great place to start.
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