New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1946. Hardcover. First Edition. First Printing. 195 pp. 8vo. Dust jacket is clean and tight with very minor sunning to the spine, now in mylar cover. Front cover design very reminiscent of his father, Frank Lloyd Wright's style, also the "Father" referenced in the title. Includes the complete text of "The House Beautiful" by William Gannet published as a limited edition by Wright client, William Winslow, in 1896 and illustrated by Frank Lloyd Wright. [Sweeney 648]. Signed by John Lloyd Wright on the half-title page. Fine / Very Good.
The second son of Frank Lloyd Wright and Catherine Tobin Wright, John Lloyd Wright (1892-1927), like is elder brother Lloyd (Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.) followed their father into the profession of architecture. Like so many in their father's orbit, it was a stormy relationship with John traveling to Japan to assist his father in the design and construction of the Imperial Hotel design, only to be fired abruptly by his father in a dispute over back salaries. They never worked together again. John Lloyd Wright continued on as an architect in Illinois, Indiana, and California but is often cited for his invention of the toy, Lincoln Logs, of which he sold the patent early in his life and never enjoyed the financial success they may have afforded. This memoir was published while Frank Lloyd Wright was still alive, the manuscript was likely not shared with Wright and is a touching and humorous account of Wright's life as the son of the famous architect. The disclaimer at the beginning of the book sets the tone: "If the characters in this book resemble in any way, anyone living or dead--it is meant that they should do so."