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Islamic architecture of Gujarat, with 77 plates

On the Muhammadan architecture of Bharoch, Cambay, Dholka, Champanir, and Mahmudabad in Gujarat.
London, William Griggs & sons et al., 1896. Folio (26.5 x 34 cm). With 77 plates (views, plans, etc., some collotype, 4 double-page), numbered I-LXXVII. With 6 pages of advertisements at the end. Original publishers cloth (rebacked preserving the original backstrip). [6], II, 47, [1]; 6 pp.
€ 3,500
First and only early edition of a superbly illustrated description on the Islamic architecture of the more provincial towns of the state of Gujarat on the western coast of India. "Among the many varieties in the style of the Muhammadan architecture prevailing in different provinces of India, that which arose in Gujarât in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries is one of the most instructive and deserving of study, as it is also the most beautiful" (preface).
The Scottish archaeologist James Burgess (1832-1916), founder of the journal The Indian antiquary, did educational work in Calcutta in 1856 and Bombay in 1861, and was Secretary of the Bombay Geographical Society 1868-1873. He was head of the Archaeological Survey of western India in 1873, and of southern India in 1881. From 1886 to 1889 he was Director General of the Archaeological Survey of India. The present publication was also issued as volume 6 in the series Archaeological survey of western India, vol. 6, and Archaeological survey of India, new series, vol. 23.
Binding rubbed and rebacked. Modern endpapers. Internally in fine condition. WorldCat 2501481, 876138973 etc.
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