GRIGGS, William [photo-lithographer]. India. Photographs and Drawings of Historical Buildings. 100 Plates Reproduced By W. Griggs. From the Collection in the Late Office of Curator of Ancient Monuments in India. London, [Griggs], 1896.
Folio. Original publisher's cloth, spine lettered in gilt, front cover ornamented in gilt, red endpapers; pp. 10, , , , , , , , , , 100 plates in superb chromolithography, including gold printing, photogravure and black and white lithography, several folding; spine a little faded, very light wear to edges, internally fine.
First edition of one of the most splendid documentations of the architectural and sculptural wealth, including tiles, of Moghul, and earlier India. William Griggs (1832-1911) was a photographer, inventor of an advanced photolithographic process and specialized in publicizing mainly Indian and Oriental artifacts in outstanding and very expensive book productions. 'In 1855 he was selected to be technical assistant to the reporter on Indian products and director of the Indian Museum, then in the India House, Leadenhall Street … He also devised a practicable colour photolithographic process, by first printing from a photolithographic transfer a faint impression on the paper to serve as a "key", separating the colours on duplicate negatives by varnishes, then photolithographing the dissected portions on stones, and finally registering and printing each in its position and particular colour, with the texture, light, and shade of the original' (ODNB).
COPAC locates copies in the V&A, BL, at Oxford and Bristol University, and with the National Trust. - Apart from one copy 'sold not subject to return' in 2007, the last acceptable copy to appear at auction was sold in 1979.