3 June 2009
KITTOE, Markham (1808-1853). Illustrations of Indian Architecture from the Muhammadan Conquest Downwards. Calcutta: Thacker & Co., 1838-1842.
17 parts in 13, oblong 2° (315 x 500mm). 16 lvs. letterpress. With a printed notice to subscribers dated 1841 regarding interruption in publishing due to illness. 68 plates (of 69; lacking plate 25). (Occasional light marginal wear, spotting on the title and a few margins.) Loose as issued with the original lithographic paper portfolios for parts 2-4, 7, and the front wrapper of part 12, all printed from the same stone (a few short tears and light soiling, portfolio 2 split at the fold).
THE FIRST BOOK ON THE ISLAMIC ARCHITECTURE OF THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT. A rare Calcutta publication, and unusually complete: the RIBA copy comprises just 32 plates, and the V&A copy 48. Most of the sites documented are in Uttar Pradesh: the Shahi Quila mosque at Jaunpur, the mosques at Jami and Jhanjhiri, and the Chihil Sutun, later demolished; at Agra Kittoe records the fort and Taj Mahal; and sites at Benares and Fatehpur Sikri, all with plates of architectural details. A few Hindu sites are also recorded: the Cow Temple near Agra, and the ancient temple to Shiva at Kalpi. Kittoe also published on the monuments of Orissa and, in 1846, was appointed Archaeological Surveyor to the Government of India. The view of the Mausoleum at Futterhpoor in part 13 is also lacking from the BL copy and may not have been issued. RARE. BL 559*.e.23 (69 plates but lacking text leaf with drop-head title 'Atala Musjid, Jounpur'); RIBA 1677.
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