CHERNIKHOV, YAKOV GEORGIEVICH. 1889-1951.
Arkhitecturnye fantazii. [Architectural Fantasies.] Leningrad: OGIZ, 1933.
4to. 100 pp. With 101 color plates. Original russet cloth. Binding rubbed; some internal ink smudges not affecting images.
FIRST EDITION. Chernikhov's masterpiece of 101 "architectural miniatures" has profoundly inspired architects around the world for generations. These dynamic projects indicate only what might have been: none were realized under the Five Year Plan. His work was far too radical for the emerging Soviet Union then concerned primarily with industrial growth rather than aesthetic fulfillment. Chernikhov was a terrific draughtsman whose work at times resembles that of Kandinsky. His concepts still look remarkably modern.