Gustave Le Bon and Buddha, the 1st Frenchmen to visit Nepal

Gustave LE BON. Le Civilisations de L’Inde. Ouvrage illustré de 7 chromolithographies, 2 cartes et 350 gravures et héliogravures, d’après les photographies, aquarelles et documents de l’auteur. Paris: Firmin-Didot 1887.

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Gustave LE BON. Le Civilisations de L’Inde. Ouvrage illustré de 7 chromolithographies, 2 cartes et 350 gravures et héliogravures, d’après les photographies, aquarelles et documents de l’auteur. Paris: Firmin-Didot 1887.

Crown Folio (29:21 cm). [4 not numb. leafs (title, frontispiece, title, dedication)], p. I-VII, [not numb. p. (map)], p. 2-743 [1 not numb. p.] Original publisher’s fully grained morocco over wooden boards, spine and boards richly gilt and black stamped with illustrations and floral decor, as well as gilt cut.

1st edition of this abundantly illustrated and splendidly equipped work about Buddhist monuments of India and Nepal. Polymath Gustave Le Bon, nowadays probably best known for his sociological study about „The Crowd“ (1895), undertook widespread archeological missions throughout Europe, Africa and Asia, becoming the first Frenchman to visit Nepal on the occasion of collecting material for this book. Le Bon praised the rich heritage of architecture, art and religion of the Indians, however he also claimed their inferiority as far as modern science is concerned.

Edges and corners of cover, as well as top and bottom of spine slightly worn, 2nd end papers and 1st title leaf minimally stained, generally a very well preserved copy of this beautiful book.

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Weight 5 kg