New York: The Architectural Book Publishing Co., 1920. First edition. Trade Blue Cloth, with gilded lettering. Folio (12" X 17") pp. 140, illustrated by photos & sketches made by the author and by others (all architects). Very Good. Item #19962
The first volume of this series, was so popular that a second printing was necessary, possibly because of the advent of World War One. This second volume grew out of the interest for the first. In the Preface, the author references the difficulties in gathering the material here presented: Guy Lowell thanks two Italian Army officers who "made it possible for me to take photographs freely in the zone of combat and throughout Italy." Most of the photographs were taken in the last year of the war. Once again, this is an impressive and ambitious project, with two major reference points: Palladio's influence is shown throughout, and the 'Great War,' which is the backdrop of the project, is to be found everywhere. One of the magnificent villas has been modified to be a field hospital. An impressive period piece!