Auction Date: 26/11/2014 at 01pm
India – rare British Sikh Golden Temple Architecture Book 1896. A very rare publication on the architecture of the famous monuments of India by William Griggs including the Sikh holy Golden Temple in Amritsar. This fine book published in 1896 by Griggs contains many plates of the Golden Temple including intricate details of the wood and ivory mosaic tiles, the doors of the Darshani Gate and much more. He also provides a brief history of the temple and discusses the design and architecture. Published London: 1896. Hardcover. 1st Edition contains 100 lithographed plates Also Including architectural plans of the Tomb of Akbar, Tomb of Itmad-Ud-Daulah, Agra; Diwan-I-Am In The Fort, Delhi; Diwan-I-Khas In The Fort, Delhi; Rajputana, Palace at Udaipur in Mewar and many more. William Griggs (1832-1911) was a pioneer of photolithography who developed a method of printing in colour by first transferring a faint impression on the paper to serve as a 'key', separating the colours on duplicate negatives by varnishes, then photolithographing each portion on a stone, and finally registering and printing each in its position. From 1868 he produced many beautiful examples of colour photolithography. William Griggs was responsible for the photo-lithographic work done for the Indian Government at Whitehall London and for the reproduction of Indian textiles and decorative arts in chromolithographs. The book has repairs, about a quarter of the book contains loose plates (some damaged ) dispatched from the spine and loose, the Sikh related lithographs are all present and most in good condition (some have repairs) overall, would require some degree of restoration , for further images and condition report please contact us. The plates provide in-depth detail of the Golden Temple design and architecture under the patronage of Maharajah Ranjit Singh.