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History of Indian and Eastern Architecture

By James Fergusson

1876

John Murray : London

9" by 6"

xviii, 756pp

 

 

 

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A lavishly illustrated work on the architecture of India and the West, written by the renowned architect historian James Fergusson.

The first edition of this work. 'History of Indian and Eastern Architecture' is a comprehensive history of the architecture in India and the West, with each chapter delving into a different genre or style of religion. Discussing Buddhist architecture, jaina architecture, architecture in the Himalayas, Dravidian style, Chalukyan style, Northern or Indo-Aryan style, Indian Saracenic architecture, further India, and China. James Fergusson is remembered for being an art historian, with a great passion for Indian historical architecture and antiques. His first book was published in 1845, an observation on Indian architecture called 'The Rock-Cut Temples of India'. This set the way for his future publications, looking at architecture throughout the ages, and how it has developed in different cultures from around the world. In 1871 he received a gold medal from the Royal Institute of British Architects for his work with the history of architecture. Other works of his include 'An Essay on a Proposed New System of Fortification: with Hints for its Application to our National Defences', considering how prepared Britain was for a French invasion, 'Rude Stone Monuments in all Countries', and 'The Temples of the Jews and the other Buildings in the Haram Area at Jerusalem'. With a frontispiece, two folding maps, and numerous in-text illustrations. Collated, complete.

CONDITION

Rebacked in a quarter leather binding, with the original boards and spine labels laid on. Externally, generally smart. Light marking to the boards. A little discolouration to the leather to the joints, with some minor loss to the tail of the front join. Spine labels with some rubbing and a little loss. Front hinge is strained but remains firm. Internally, generally firmly bound, though binding is a little strained in places. Pages are bright and clean.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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