Indian antiquities or, Dissertations relative to Hindostan

In this seminal seven volume work, Maurice, one time Assistant Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum, draws on an astonishing range of sources to spin rich and beautifully rendered dissertations on such subjects as India’s ancient geographical divisions, laws, governance, commerce, arts and architecture, as well as its ‘primeval’ theology; juxtaposing his observations alongside those of Egypt, Persia and Greece.

Thomas Maurice, 1792. Layton Collection 8201


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