Correspondence, drawings, layout and proofs, colour samples, texts
April 23, 1971 - 17 January 1975
correspondence with Gerd Hatje, Thames & Hudson and other publishers, correspondence with Leon Krier including drawings, layout and proofs, colour samples for dust jacket and title page, texts for introduction to publication, also correspondence relating to other publications by publisher Gerd Hatje
from the correspondence relating to the Black Book:
- Gerd Hatje to James Stirling (27 May 1971): "How is the situation with our dear friend Jake in particular and our book in general? Is Jake still playing the dead bug?"
- James Stirling to Gerd Hatje (8 June 1971): Jake ... would shortly be doing some more work on the book. I suggest you press him but don't pay him. Meanwhile Mary, etc. are pressing on with rewriting the script yet again ...."
- Leon Krier to James Stirling (25 November 1972), regarding publication of Stirling's work in Architectural Review: "... I feel shocked and frustrated not finding a single trace of my name under 'Derby' (not even as an assistant, not even in a foot-note, where Kahn condescends to mention his (illegible).) This is not fair ... you can't have forgotten the work I have been doing on the project, what could the reason I wonder?" If you want to, we certainly will do very good work, you know how keen I am about it, and how seriously I want to make a good contribution."
- Leon Krier to James Stirling (10 March 1973): As you can see I am slowly getting to 'THE' book."
- James Stirling to Gerd Hatje (19 March 1973): "... at long last we have got the basement converted .... Also I have Leo coming back to the firm at the end of May (he is doing some sketches for the book at the moment) and his first job is to help me get the book completed."
- James Stirling to Gerd Hatje (15 June 1973): "We moved to the basement ten ago and for a week now, Leo and I have been working full time on the Book. We have a special room surrounded by archives set up to deal with it entirely. I hope your heart fills with joy on hearing these words!" "... on a corbbsize book as agreed ...."
- Gerd Hatje to James Stirling 18 July 1973): "... we have compared the length of the manuscript with the Girsberger Le Corbusier typography ...." "I was glad to gather from your letter ... that you are really working on the book. Without even trying to blame you I would have been much happier if this would have happened 1 or 2 years ago ...."
- James Stirling to Gerd Hatje (55 April 1974): "You have asked for a black and white photograph of the left hand image on page 5 of Leicester project 21. You do have our coloured photograph of this and I regard this as the most important colour photograph in the whole book so I would strongly urge that we use the colour in this place."
- James Stirling to Gerd Hatje (10 May 1974): "I'm afraid James Stirling and dates must be in red. Can you think of additional information to go into the pyramid as it will make it more dense? Something in German perhaps?" "I am worried that the density of the book all black and white might be boring - I think some colour is essential." "I would like at least 1 colour plate of a building - nobody knows that they are all brightly coloured."
- James Stirling to Gerd Hatje (24 May 1974), after listing possible images that could illustrate the Introduction by John Jacobus: "There can be other pictures such as Corbusier's Indian building and the Melnikov Clubhouse, but personally I do not think these two are very relevant to my work." "In regard to the title page, I am afraid the red is essential otherwise the joke will not get through."
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