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LA ROCHE, Emanuel.

Indische Baukunst.

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Munich, Bruckmann, 1921

A magnificent and monumental work on Indian architecture.

Born in 1863 in Ziefen (Switzerland), Emanuel La Roche was educated at the University of Stuttgart. After graduating he worked for a firm of engravers in Strasbourg, before returning to Switzerland where he set up his architectural practice. The railway station and University library in Basel are perhaps his most well-known work. Indische Baukunst was the result of almost thirty years or work, appearing shortly before his death in July 1922. The work was funded by his friend, the Swiss banker, Alfred Sarasin, who travelled with him to the East on several occasions and whose library on the history of Indian art was donated to the University of Basel in 1953.



First edition. 6 volumes, of which I, III, & V folio (45 x 32 cm), II, IV, & VI large folio (63 x 45 cm); one of 200 numbered examples for sale from an edition of 226 copies. (I) xx, 65 pp, [1 (blank], (II) 4 ff, (III) x, 67-137 pp, [1 (blank)], (IV) 4 ff, (V) x, 139-224 pp, (VI) 4 ff; with a total of 125 folio and 40 large folio plates, including map, several plates consisting of multiple prints, many in colour, each volume with an engraved limitation, numerous in-text illustrations. Occasional dust-smudging, but largely clean. Modern brown morocco over old cloth boards, a very good set.


Stock ID:96290

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