Moscow; Leningrad: Mosk. aktsionernoe izdatel’skoe ob-vo, 1926. 139,  pp.: ill. 22x14 cm. In original card boards. Very good, small losses and soiling of the covers, Soviet bookshops’ stamps on the back endpapers.
First and only edition. One of 5000 copies. Very rare. Volume 6 from the series ‘Encyclopedia of a Builder’, with 154 illustrations in the text.
The 1920s was the era of building Soviet world from scratch as well as literal building and constructing. New cities and towns were in need of builders and architects so such textbooks or even ‘encyclopedias’ were in a high demand: “Pre-revolutionary technical literature on construction was sold out or morally old, and a new one - very poor because only starting in 1924 the construction process was being regenerated”.
This edition was directed to engineers and everyone involved in construction. In this particular volume attention is drawn towards architecture forms of buildings in general and separately - cornice, buttresses, pilasters, pylons, arches, roofs, etc. The book summarizes historical styles, and also describes the trends of modern architecture (with photographs of modern building abroad and in USSR).
Worldcat locates only copy in University of Pisa (Italy).