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Lain Thompson's books on FLW

Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 1:20 pm
by rosalyndoe
Can anybody tell me if there are much difference between these two books by LainThompson?

A visual Encyclopedia
FLW Year by Year

Not much description was said on the FLW Year by Year

I am just concern that the content might be more or less the same.
thanks

Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 2:59 pm
by jlesshafft
Uh.....the authors name is Iain, not Lain

Posted: Sat Mar 29, 2008 7:39 pm
by SDR
Right -- a less common alternative to Ian, a "modern Scottish Gaelic" name, according to one source.

The "Visual Encyclopedia" (1999, 2000, © PRC Publishing) is 416 pages, arranged alphabetically by project or client name. If the "Year by Year" is arranged chronologically, it is doubtful that the pages are identical. It may certainly have identical photos and text. Photography in the Encyclopedia is credited to Simon Clay; a peculiarity of the book is the number of aerial photos. There is a "Chronology" section at the back.

PRC is Promotional Reprint Company, Ltd.

Another book by the same author and publisher is a 1997 volume of 256 pages, simply called "Frank Lloyd Wright." It is arranged alphabetically by state, with an added 50-page section of interior designs and another of demolished buildings. Photography is also credited to Simon Clay, but there appear to be few repeats between the two books.

SDR

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 7:05 pm
by Mark Hertzberg
People enjoy his Wright "pop-up" book, and there is a lot of information in the "Visual Encyclopedia." I appreciate how much work goes into writing a book, however, I must note that there are some factual inaccuracies in them, so they should not be used as one's only source. The "Visual Encyclopedia" says that Thomas P. Hardy (Hardy House) was a former mayor the Racine. He was not. And, it shows the Golden Rondelle building on the SC Johnson campus. That building was designed for the 1964-65 New York World's Fair, and adapted for the campus in Racine by Taliesin Associated Architects. Wright had nothing to do with it.

Mark Hertzberg

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 9:58 pm
by SDR
Promotional Reprint Co (PRC) published yet another FLLW volume, again with photos by Smon Clay, authored by Maria Costantino (1998). It too contains the photo below which Mark mentions. I have seen but cannot locate a (color) photo which shows this building in place on the "campus." Neither Thompson nor Costantino identify this building. . .

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Thompson's "Visual Encyclopedia" brings us this dramatic photo, a few pages away from the one above; both photos are by photographer Clay.

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Mr Clay has produced aerial photos of a number of Wright structures, and author Thompson includes many of them in his Encyclopecia.

SDR

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:15 pm
by Mark Hertzberg
You asked if the Golden Rondelle (above photo) is on the campus...it is, north of the Research Tower. The other building you show is Wingspread.

Mark Hertzberg

Posted: Sat Apr 19, 2008 10:35 pm
by Mark Hertzberg
You asked if the Golden Rondelle (above photo) is on the campus...it is, north of the Research Tower. The other building you show is Wingspread.

Mark Hertzberg