Mario Botta, ‘"San Francisco", Signed Drawing Catalogue, Mario Botta: Buildings and projects 1961-1982’, 1984, VINCE fine arts/ephemera
Mario Botta, ‘"San Francisco", Signed Drawing Catalogue, Mario Botta: Buildings and projects 1961-1982’, 1984, VINCE fine arts/ephemera

Edition: Electa / Rizzoli, New York, English, translated from Italian, first English language edition, Author: Pierluigi Nicolin and Mario Botta,

Pre-publication presentation done by Mario Botta for an unnamed recipient about a month before public release. On the half-title page, he has executed an original architectural sketch in pen & ink, sited in San Francisco and dated May 4, 1984. The sketch shows a central cylindrical tower with zebra bands of brickwork or stone, set off by trees with a staircase contained within its own structure following the inclined landscape down and with a detailed entryway facade with highlighted detail around the crown. It is reminiscent of his 1981 cylindrical design with staircase for the Stabio House.

Edition Note: Architectural Documents Series, first English language edition and first book in English on buildings and designs of Mario Botta.

Pagination: Complete; 141 pages with chronology and bibliography, profusely illustrated with b/w photographs, drawings and design details with facing text summaries and commentary; sections with illustrated black division sheets, 1) Houses, 2) Buildings, 3) Large-Scale Projects and 4) Furniture Designs-Documentation.

Format: Publisher's photographic wrappers (only issued format)

Signature: Signed & Dated.

Private Collection, NY

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Canadian-American, b. 1929, Toronto, Canada, based in Los Angeles, California