The Penguin Guide to the Monuments of India: Volume II: Islamic, Rajput, European by Philip Davies

The Penguin Guide to the Monuments of India: Volume II: Islamic, Rajput, European by Philip Davies lands on the shelves of my shop, where it will be found in my Travel India section.

London: Penguin Books, 1990, Paperback.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Chronological tables [1]; Maps; Tables; Glossary; Plans;

From the cover: This second volume embraces the Islamic, Rajput and European monuments of India, linking the symbolism of these religions and cultures to the architectural sites themselves. In the introductory section Philip Davies looks at each of the great Islamic dynasties, and at both the religious and the historical forces that drove the Mughals towards empire with such glorious architectural consequences. Here too, against the background of the fabled forts and exotic palaces of the Marathas and Rajputs, we see the growth of European involvement from small company trading posts to the great Imperial cities at Madras, Calcutta, Bombay and New Delhi, and the way in which the British Raj laid the foundation of modern India.

There follows an architectural gazetteer, subdivided into six regions. Each has an illustrated introduction, a regional map and detailed descriptions of sites. Many entries are accompanied by specially commissioned maps and site plans. Dynastic tables are provided and for further clarification there is a glossary of architectural terms, both English and Indian.

Very Good. Gently rubbed at the edges of the spine and wrappers. Text complete, clean and tight.

605 pages. Index. Trade Paperback (9¼” x 6″).

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