The Disappearing City, Inscribed and Signed by Frank Lloyd Wright, First Edition, 1932

Wright, Frank Lloyd. The Disappearing City. New York: William Farquhar Payson, 1932. First Edition. Signed and Inscribed by Frank Lloyd Wright. Rebound in quarter leather boards with original green cloth cover transferred to custom built slipcase.

This first edition, first issue of Frank Lloyd Wright’s book The Disappearing City is signed on the half title page by the famous architect. The book was published in New York by William Farquhar Payson in 1932 and includes six black-and-white photographic plates. The slim quarto book has been professionally rebound with green quarter leather and cloth boards and has a decorative gilt embossed spine. The original front cloth cover featuring Wright’s city design has been transplanted onto a custom matching archival slipcase.

Frank Lloyd Wright’s book presents the idea for what the architect called “Broadcore City.” This planned area is made up of suburban complexes that replace a traditional city. His idea to decentralize the cities and form a more agrarian society based on the most suitable function of machines. This concept remained important to Wright and he continued for years to further develop his idea.

Frank Lloyd Wright was a highly influential American architect (1867-1959) whose mastery of space, form, and human-centered design revolutionized the field of architecture and earned him a place among the greatest thinkers and artists of the 20th century. Wright is best known for nature-harmonious edifices such as Fallingwater and the Guggenheim Museum.


Overall very good condition. The signature on the half title page is clear and dark. The pages are healthy and has no notable damage. The book has been rebound in quarter leather and cloth boards with a gilt embossed spine and facsimile signature. The original cloth cover has been transferred to the front of the custom built archival slipcase. 

Dimensions (with slipcase): 13 3/8" H x 10 1/4" W x 1 1/4" D

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