Travel & Natural History | 21 March 2013
The St'fbpa of Bharhut: A Buddhist Monument Ornamented with numerous Sculptu...
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The St'fbpa of Bharhut: A Buddhist Monument Ornamented with numerous Sculptures illustrative of Buddhist Legend and History in the Third Century B.C ., first edition , 57 plates, including 115 mounted Woodburytypes, some spotting or light foxing, small areas of soiling to head of around 4 plates, library bookplate to front pastedown, original review of the work from The Times of 9th October 1879 loosely inserted, original gilt-tooled green cloth, t.e.g., bordered with gilt indian decorative motifs encompassing an emblematic central gilt device on upper cover, design replicated with blind-tooling on lower cover, spine gilt, head of spine and corners frayed, joints spliting, but holding firm, folio , 1879.
⁂ Rare. This would appear to be only the fourth copy at auction in the last 30 years.
Sir Alexander Cunningham (1814-1893), a british archaeologist and army engineer, spent 28 years in the service of the British Government of India and became the first Archaeological Surveyor to the Government of India (1861-1865). Whilst in India he developed his life-long enthusiasm for Indian archaeology and antiquity. Cunningham visited the St'fbpa of Bharhut in 1873 on his way to Nagpur and was amazed to find a site of such historical significance. The St'fbpa of Bharhut was a Buddist Monument built around 150bc, during the period of the Sunga kings. A richly carved stone railing was also built on this site. The railing was carved with lotus designs, pictures of deer, peacocks and elephants, images of Lakshmi and scenes of everyday life. All images and scenes relating to Buddha.A detailed study of Buddhist literature and excavation of the site led to the publication of this volume, a wonderful and richly illustrated record of Cunningham s excavation.
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