Paris: Groupe Architecture Principe, 1966. First edition. 4to, unpaginated, each issue saddle-stapled in wraps. Profusely illustrated with photographs, drawings and plans.
A rare complete run of one of the most important and influential artists' periodicals of the 1960's (a tenth issue appeared in the 1996 reprint of the periodical, but was not originally issued at the time). The Groupe architecture principe was formed out of the collaborations between Claude Parent and Paul Virilio, and included Francois Seigneur and Jean Nouvel. The group ceased after the 1968, split between Parent and Virilio, and Virlio's participation in the uprisings of 1968.
Each issue of the periodical was devoted to a single theme - La fonction oblique, Le troisieme ordre urbain, Le potentialisme. Nevers chantier. Circulation habitable, La cité médiate, Bunker archéologie, Pouvoir et imagination, and Charleville étude. Of special interest is issue 7, the first appearance of Virilio's work on Bunker Archeology - his haunting photograph and critical study of the 15,000 Nazi bunkers built along the French coast during WWII known as the Atlantic Wall. This work became an ongoing project that led to the catalog for the 1975 exhibition at the Decorative Arts Museum in Paris, which was finally translated in the 1994 MIT press book Bunker Archeology. The project remains one of the most cogent explorations of the relationship with war, technology and modern civilization.
The Bunker Archeology issue shows some faint rippling, and minor spotting to covers with a price sticker ghost to cover, otherwise a very good to near fine set with light creasing and a touch of rubbing to the black wraps, short nick to head of front wrap on vol. 1. Very scarce complete. Item #28682