Louis-Mathieu Langls (1763-1824)
Monuments Anciens et Modernes de L'Hindoustan. Paris: P. Didot, L'Ain, 1821.
2 volumes, folio, (400 x 295 mm). Engraved title page. 144 plates and 3 maps (some light spotting, volume 1 damp-staining to upper margin, volume 2 damp-staining to lower and upper right corners, volume 2 rust hole to 272). 19th-century half morocco (rubbed covers and spines, foot of volume 1 with short tear).
Langls left his military career in order to become an orientalist. This is the most important of his publications, despite being unfinished. In these volumes he studies the archaeological and aethetical aspects of Hindu monuments comparing them to other monuments, including those in Egypt and Morocco. (2)