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KOCH, ALEX. [ED]. - British Competitions in Architecture. Vol. 1 Part 1 -12. [and Vol 2 Part 13 - 24].

London, Academy Architecture 1905 -1909. Two volumes quarto (publisher's?) cloth; with title and contents leaves for each volume; each part separately paginated; hundreds of plans, elevations, renderings, measured drawings. Some minor signs of use. ¶ This is half the complete run it seems - the RIBA Library holds volumes 1 to 4 (to 1914), which is the only place I can find more than these first two volumes; few libraries have any volumes at all. This a serious review of competitions, open and by invitation, and offers a comprehensive view of British public and institutional architecture of the period. One exception is the international competition for the Peace Palace at the Hague. Here Koch has covered the British competitors, including himself. The competitors' entries are well illustrated, the competition conditions, instructions and reports are given and on occasion Koch has felt obliged to add his own comments on the organisation of particular competitions (such as the Peace Palace). Given the subject and approach it is hard to imagine an audience extending much beyond a few public institutions and the handful of architects well equipped to enter such competitions. The scarcity of this periodical is easily explained, what remains a mystery is how it lasted as long as it did.
AUD 350.00 [Appr.: EURO 222.25 US$ 251.25 | £UK 199.75 | JP¥ 28517] Book number 7962

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