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(Neutra, Richard.) Civic Center Design for Richmond, Califonria. Richmond, CA: CIty Planning Commission, 1930. 1st edition. 6pp 4to. Original printed wrappers. Fine condition. Rare $750
This scarce pamphlet--written by Carol Aronovici (City Planner, d 1958) with Richard Neutra and Rudolph Schindler--contains four drawings for the proposed structure. Aronovici a prolific and esteemed city planner ("a prominent urbanist" according to Richard Pommer in his 1978 article in the Journal for the Society of Architectural History) sought out Neutra and Schindler for this project because of their "outstanding architectural work" which was "in harmony with modernist tendencies". This is a very scarce work, not locatable at auction, and housed in only three libraries worldwide (Harvard, NY Public Library and Columbia) according to the massive FirstSearch World/Cat database. ***This copy was given by Aronovici to the Library of Congress on 15 December 1930. There is a very small perforated "LC" stamp in the front cover as well as a Library of Congress surplus duplicate rubberstamp there as well. But for these a very nice, fresh copy, surviving well for a thin, oversized pamphlet.