FERGUSSON, JAMES. 1808-1886. Tree and Serpent Worship: Or Illustrations of Mythology and Art in India ... from the Sculptures of the Buddhist Topes at Sanchi and Amravati. London: W.H. Allen and Co., for India Museum: 1868.

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FERGUSSON, JAMES. 1808-1886.
Tree and Serpent Worship: Or Illustrations of Mythology and Art in India ... from the Sculptures of the Buddhist Topes at Sanchi and Amravati. London: W.H. Allen and Co., for India Museum: 1868.

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FERGUSSON, JAMES. 1808-1886.
Tree and Serpent Worship: Or Illustrations of Mythology and Art in India ... from the Sculptures of the Buddhist Topes at Sanchi and Amravati. London: W.H. Allen and Co., for India Museum: 1868.
Folio (338 x 250 mm). 43 lithographic plates and maps (including frontispiece), 56 (of 57) albumen print photographs. Publisher's quarter morocco gilt with serpent motif on upper cover, top edge gilt. Spine and upper cover separated, rubbed, foxing.
WITH: Reprint of the above, Delhi: Oriental Publishers, 1971.
WITH: History of Indian and Eastern Architecture. London: John Murray, 1876. Numerous wood-engraved illustrations. 19th century blue morocco gilt presentation binding, marbled endpapers, edges gilt, Blackheath Proprietary School Campbell Essay award label on front paste-down dated 1885. Upper cover with losses to gilding, minor browning.
Provenance: Raj Krishna.

FIRST EDITIONS of both works (together with a reprint of the first title). Fergusson was an architectural historian who became fascinated with the archaeology of ancient India. The photographs for Tree and Serpent Worship were taken by James Waterhouse in 1862. Gernsheim Incunabula 419 (first title).
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FERGUSSON, JAMES. 1808-1886. Tree and Serpent Worship: Or Illustrations of Mythology and Art in India ... from the Sculptures of the Buddhist Topes at Sanchi and Amravati. London: W.H. Allen and Co., for India Museum: 1868.
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