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REVIEWOtto Wagner By August Sarnitz.Taschen, 2005. 96pp. £4.95

Maybe the erotica in Taschen's catalogue sells so well that it supports the architecture books.

This series of monographs at just £4.95 is especially good value, with volumes on Wright, Loos, Aalto, Scharoun and Schinkel (among others) joined now by one on Otto Wagner.

It is all the more useful because no other book on him is readily available at present. The key works are here - the Steinhof Church, the Postal Savings Bank, the canal and railway buildings - with brief but serviceable texts from architectural historian August Sarnitz, and many well-reproduced images: photos old and new, (tiny) plans, and a generous selection of Wagner's drawings, including this maid with her state-of-the art vacuum cleaner in an unbuilt hotel scheme from 1913.

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