Monuments Anciens et Modernes de l'Hindoustan, Décrits sous le Double Rapport Archaeologique et Pittoresque, et Précédés d'une Notice Géographique, d'une Notice Historique, et d'un Discours sur la Religion, la Législation et les Moeurs des Hindous
by Langlès, Louis
1821. 2 vols., XII, 268, 254 pp. scholarly text on the architecture of India and its historical context by the prominent French orientalist who had a lively interest in Indian culture, 147 excellent engraved plates, several in color, showing maps, views, and buildings of the sub-continent, in addition to items of artistic interest including architectural details and plans, sculpture, weapons, jewelry, etc., extensive scholarly notes, index. Some pages with insect damage, scattered minor foxing. Folio. Half-calf with marbled boards. Paris (P. Didot, l'Ainé) 1821. Langlès was a fairly prominent French academic, linguist, translator, philologist, and orientalist. He served for many years as the conservator of the oriental manuscripts at the Bibliothèque Nationale and the later renamed Bibliothèque du Roi. France became a center for Indian studies when the collection of manuscripts housed there began to be inventoried under Langlès. He also founded the Ecole des Langues Orientales Vivantes in Paris in 1795, which still exists today under a new name, and edited the 1811 edition of Jean Chardin's travels in Persia and the Orient. A beautifully produced work, with notable scholarship, on the subject. (Inventory #: 43454)
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