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The Royal Palaces of India

Michell, George

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ISBN 10: 0500341273 / ISBN 13: 9780500341278
Published by Thames & Hudson, NY, NY, 1994
Condition: Near Fine Hardcover
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Red bds. w/gilt title to spine, & publisher's logo in gilt to front bd., 232 pp, d/j is not price clipped, some light foxing to verso of d/j at top edge, a small nick to head of spine. Book is very clean, tight & bright. THIS BOOK WEIGHS OVER 3 POUNDS & WILL REQUIRE EXTRA POSTAGE. Bookseller Inventory # 7368

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Title: The Royal Palaces of India

Publisher: Thames & Hudson, NY, NY

Publication Date: 1994

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: VG+

Edition: First Edition.

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As early as the fourteenth century, stories glorifying the exotic palaces of Indian rulers began to circulate in the West, stories which closer acquaintance only confirmed. Even today, they are magical places - small towns rather than single buildings, in which the Hindu and Muslim rulers of the subcontinent dispensed their laws and enjoyed their wealth.
The beauty and atmosphere of these palaces is displayed here in Antonio Martinelli's exceptional color photographs, composed with the eye of a painter and a trained architect who enjoyed unrivaled access to the buildings. George Michell, a recognized authority on Indian architecture and art, tells the story of the palaces. He evokes life within these complexes and describes their many elements: defenses, spacious audience halls and courtyards, temples and mosques, private apartments and service quarters.
At the heart of the book are the palaces themselves. The oldest surviving are those erected by the Muslim conquerors who swept down through the country from the 12th century onwards, notably at Mandu and Bidar. In the north, the Mughals built vast imperial palace-cities at Fatehpur Sikri, Agra and Delhi. The Hindu Rajputs in Central and Western India, where many ruling families have lasted into the modern era, created citadels that are comparatively well preserved - as at Gwalior, Udaipur and Amber. Southern India, another Hindu realm, offers a complete contrast in forms, with the towers of Chandragiri and the breezy timber halls of Padmanabhapuram. Finally, there are the lavish palaces built in the era of British domination, such as Mysore, Baroda and Morvi, some Indian in character, others clothed in dazzling Art Deco.
These fascinating edifices are receiving increasing numbers of visitors each year, yet there has been no in-depth survey of them since 1925. Here is a superb record of the palaces, living witnesses to a regal aspiration to recreate heaven on earth.

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A quick perusal illustrates the fact that Indian palaces are most often vast complexes of enormous dimensions. And although ruins outnumber well-maintained structures, Michell animates all the many stunning examples of Hindu and Muslim fortresses and royal residences portrayed in the illuminating photographs. An insightful text offers an overview of India's history as it is revealed through descriptions of various architectural styles and how they developed. Among the book's incredible images are interior details of spectacular carvings, mirror-work patterns, murals, and tile work, and facades are aglow with saturated red sandstone, colored friezes, and copper-wrapped domes punctuating the blue skies surrounding them. Alice Joyce

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