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Fergusson, James

History of Indian and Eastern Architecture

New Delhi: Munshiram Manoharlal Publishers Pvt. Ltd., 1998. 8vo (14.5x22.5cm), In two Volumes, 1-450pp, 2-521pp, with 68 b/w illustrations and numerous line drawings, hard cover binding with dust jacket.

The present reprint of Fergusson's History of Indian and Eastern Architecture is being brought out to meet the growing demand from scholars for whom this book is still the basic work of reference on Indian Architecture. In the preface to the second edition (1910) of this work James Burgess wrote, "Though descriptions of Indian monuments may be written in various ways, no one could pretend to take up the systematic study of Indian Architecture without the aid of this work, and no history of Architecture can be scientifically written without appropriating the principles Mr. Fergusson showed how to apply." This work, in a way, fulfils the desire of Fergusson. In the Preface to the first edition of the book (1876) the author expressed his desire to open an hitherto unknown field of Indian Architecture and to "give an impulse to its study, and assist in establishing Indian Architecture on a stable basis, so that it may take its true position among the other great styles which have ennobled the arts of mankind." It is needless to go into the merits of the present work. Fergusson covered in his study of Indian Architecture the vast range of time and space. Tracing the Indian Architecture from its remote antiquity, Fergusson covered the entire panorama of India with its diverse monuments including even the contemporary modes.


Maspero, G.

The Dawn of Civilization

London: Society for promoting Christian Knowledge, 1922. 4to (27x18cm), 800+xvi pp, with one map, in original cloth binding, gilt decoration on front cover, title in gilt on front and spine.

Montgomery, H. H.

The Life and Letters of George Alfred Lefroy

New York: Longmans, Green and Co., 1920. First Edition, 8vo (14.5x22.5cm), 265+xi pp, 8 plates, in original cloth binding.

O Connor, V.C.Scott

The Charm of Kashmir

London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1920. First Edition, 4to (29.5x22.5cm), 182pp, 15 fine mounted colored plates (all original captioned tissue guards present) and 24 splendid full-page sepia-toned photographic plates. Handsomely bound in the original white buckram, upper and back strip framed. Blocked and lettered in gilt, gilt on covers. Plates and photographs on cartridge paper, printed pages are heavy. Dedication by kind permission to the Queen (Mary). Very good condition.

This is a very beautifully presented book, elegantly written, an attractive portrayal of trip to Kashmir, illustrated after the paintings of Abanindro Nath Tagore, Mrs Sultan Ahmad, Miss Hadenfelt and Colonel Strahan, and from photographs, largely taken by the author.


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