I was quite surprised that a key work such as Modern movements in architecture by Charles Jencks was out of print. I was lucky though and found a second hand copy on internet. But I was even luckier when it arrived today; it turned out to be a gorgeous vintage 1977 print.
In retrospective the cover seems very ironic. The book describes the decline of universal values in modernist architecture and its failure in humanistic terms – how today’s getto’s were originally build as utopian visions on urbanism. The irony is the fact that the cover has the same look as many science fiction novels of the same period. Dark stories from authors such as Philip K. Dick and Brian Aldiss in whose novels modernist architecture functions as ruins or backdrop on which a distopian future is build.
If you’re into old school book covers, check out this amazing collection of Pelican and Penguin publication.