Fergusson, James. Tree and Serpent Worship
Fergusson, James. Tree and Serpent Worship: Or, Illustrations of Mythology and Art in India in the First and Fourth Centuries after Christ
London: William H. Allen & Company, 1873. Hardback folio; second (revised) edition. Pp [i-v], vi-xvi, 1-274. Original green cloth with gilt nāga (cobra deity) medallion to front board, sympathetically re-backed in half red morocco; spine with four raised bands and gilt title; green marbled endpapers; 100 lithographic plates and photographs, all present. Condition: Very Good; repairs done to tears on title page; closed tears to frontispiece. $2,750
Full title: Tree and Serpent Worship: Or, Illustrations of Mythology and Art in India in the First and Fourth Centuries after Christ. From the Sculptures of the Buddhist Topes at Sanchi and Amravati. Second edition (“revised, corrected, and in great part re-written”) of Fergusson’s opus on Indian mythology and religion as it is reflected in ancient sacred art and architecture. With 100 plates, including superb albumen-print photographs mounted on cardboard, and finely-detailed lithographs depicting sculptures, bas-reliefs, stone gates and other architectural elements.