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Donation of Indian Art Books

Department of Art History staff and affiliates are delighted to share the news that Dr Peyvand Firouzeh, Lecturer in Islamic Art, has secured a generous donation of Indian Art books for the Fisher Library from distinguished historian Dr Jim Masselos, formerly a Reader in Indian History at the University of Sydney.

The donation includes many rare and out-of-print survey texts, exhibition catalogues, as well as monographs, primarily published from the 1960s to the 1980s. These are now difficult to find and expensive to purchase, so will be an invaluable resource for staff and students interested in the history of Asian and Islamic art. The first round of donations comprises a total of 48 titles, a full list of which is provided below with especially prominent titles highlighted in bold.

The Department of Art History extends a heartfelt thanks to Dr Masselos for his generosity and to Jackie Menzies, President of The Asian Art Society of Australia (TAASA) and Emeritus Curator of Asian Art at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, for facilitating this donation. Special thanks are owed as well to Miranda Luo, an Art History Honours alumna, for her dedication and diligence in cataloguing this valuable collection.

Current and prospective students interested to learn more about the arts of the subcontinent are encouraged to enrol in the many Asian Art-focused courses offered by the Department, notably including ARHT2678 Islamic Visual Cultures: China to Spain, ARHT3678 Text, Image, Sound: Islamic Book Arts, and ARHT6961 Curating Islamic Art in 10 Objects.


Aziz, Khursheed Kamal. Britain and Muslim India: K.K. Aziz. A study of British public opinion vis-à-vis the development of Muslim nationalism in India, 1857-1947. London: Heinemann, 1963.

Beach, Milo Cleveland, Stuart Cary Welch, and Glenn David Lowry. The Grand Mogul: Imperial painting in India, 1600-1660 : [exhibition held at the Sterling and Francine Clark art institute, Williamstown, Mass., Sept. 25-Nov. 5, 1978, the Walters art gallery, Baltimore, Md., Nov. 20, 1978-Jan. 10, 1979, the Museum of fine arts, Boston, Mass., Feb. 2-Mar. 25, 1979 . . .]. Williamstown (Mass.): Sterling and Francine Clark art Institute, 1978.

Bruce, David, Robert Adamson, and David Octavius Hill. Sun pictures: the Hill-Adamson calotypes. Greenwich (Conn.): New York Graphic Society, 1974.

Bussagli, Mario, and Calambur Sivaramamurti. 5000 years of the art of India. New York: Abrams, 1978.

Chelkowski, Peter J. Taʻziyeh, ritual and drama in Iran. New York: New York University Press, 1979.

Colnaghi, P & D. and Toby Falk. Indian Painting: Mughal and Rajput and a Sultanate Manuscript. P & D Colnaghi & Co Ltd, 1978.

Ducrot, Vicky, Daljeet, and Rosa Maria Cimino. Four centuries of Rajput painting: Mewar, Marwar, and Dhundhar Indian miniatures from the collection of Isabella and Vicky Ducrot. Milan: Skira. New York: Distributed in North America by Rizzoli International Publications, 2009.

Edwardes, S. M., Y. N. Sharma, and Babur. Babur: diarist and despot. New Delhi: Universal Voice, 2010.

Fabri-Terlinden, Christiane Serra. Mughal silver magnificence: (XVI-XIXth C.) = Magnificence de l'argenterie Moghole : (XVIème-XIXème S.). London: Antalga, 1987.

Fernau, F. W., and E. W. Dickes. Moslems on the march: people and politics in the world of Islam. London: Robert Hale Limited, 1955.

Gosvāmi, Vīrendra Nātha and Jean-Louis Nou. Essence of Indian art. San Francisco: Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, 1986.

Härtel, Herbert. Along the ancient silk routes: Central Asian art from the West Berlin State Museums : an exhibition lent by the Museum für Indische Kunst, Staatliche Museen Preussischer Kulturbesitz, Berlin. New York: Abrams, 1982.

Hasan Ali, Mir. Observations on the Mussalmauns of India. Karachi: Oxford University Press, 1978.

Hassnian, S. E. and Indian Secular Forum. Indian Muslims: Challenge and Opportunity. Bombay: Bombay Lalvani Publishing House, 1968.

Hayat, Abul. Mussalmans of Bengal. Calcutta: Sri Zahed Ali, 1966.

Hendley, Thomas Holbein. Indian Jewellery. Delhi: B.R. Publishing Corporation, 2009.

Jaitly, Jaya. The craft traditions of India. London: Tiger, 1990.

Kabir, Humayun. Muslim politics 1906-47, and other essays. Calcutta: Firma K. L. Mukhopadhya, 1969.

Khandalavala, Karl J., and Saryu Doshi. An age of splendour: Islamic art in India. Bombay: Marg Publications, 1983.

Khanna, Madhu. Yantra, the Tantric symbol of cosmic unity. Rochester, Vt: Inner Traditions, 2003.

Khare, M. D. Splendour of Malwa paintings. New Delhi: Cosmo, 1983.

Krishna, Anand and Rai Krishnadasa. Chhavi. 2, Rai Krishnadasa felicitation volume. Banaras: Bharat Kala Bhavan, 1981.

Lawrence, Bruce B. Notes from a distant flute: the extant literature of pre-Mughal Indian sufism. Tehran: Imperial Iranian Academy of Philosophy, 1978.

Lerner, Martin. The flame and the lotus: Indian and Southeast Asian art from the Kronos Collections. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1985.

Lings, Martin. The Quranic art of calligraphy and illumination. New York: Interlink Books, 1987.

Loke, Margarett. The World as it was: 1865-1921: a photographic portrait from the Keystone-Mast Collection. London: Hutchinson, 1980.

Mahajan, Jagmohan. The grand Indian tour: travels and sketches of Emily Eden. New Delhi: Manohar Publishers & Distributors Ltd, 1996.

Malik, Hafeez. Sir Sayyid Ahmad Khan and Muslim Modernization in India and Pakistan. York: Columbia University Press, 1980.

Mathur, Asha Rani, and Karl J. Khandalavala. Indian bronze masterpieces: the great tradition. New Delhi: Festival of India (Brijbasi Printers), 1988.

Mookerjee, Ajit. Folk toys of India. Calcutta: Oxford Book and Stationary, 1956.

Okada, Amina. Indian miniatures of the Mughal court. New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1992.

Pal, Pratapaditya and Stephen Little. A Collecting Odyssey: Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art from the James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection. Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago ; New York: Thames and Hudson, 1997.

Pal, Pratapaditya, Lionel Fournier, and Ravi Kumar. A Buddhist paradise: the murals of Alchi Western Himalayas. New Delhi: Ravi Kumar, Lilakala, 1982.

Pal, Pratapaditya. Master artists of the imperial Mughal court. India: Marg Publishers, 1992.

Pal, Pratapaditya. Painted poems: Rajput paintings from the Ramesh and Urmil Kapoor collection. Pasadena, Calif: Norton Simon Museum; India: Mapin Pub. Pvt. Ltd, 2004.

Rawson, Philip S. Erotic art of India. New York: Universe Books, 1977.

Sen, Asit Kumar. People and politics in early mediaeval India. Calcutta: Indian Book Distr. Comp., 1963.

Sharma, Ramesh C. Indian art treasures: Suresh Neotia collection. Mosaic Books: New Delhi, 2006.

Singh, Raghubir. Banaras: sacred city of India. London: Thames and Hudson, 1987.

Snead, Stella, Wendy Doniger, and George Michell. Animals in four worlds: sculptures from India. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.

Soueif, Ahdaf. Reflections on Islamic art. Doha, Qatar: Museum of Islamic Art, 2011.

Srivastava, M. P. Social life under the great Mughals, 1526-1700 A.D. Allahabad: Chugh Publications, 1978.

Stronge, Susan, Nima Smith, and J.C. Harle. A golden treasury: jewellery from the Indian subcontinent. London: Victoria and Albert Museum in association with Mapin, 1988.

Wasey, Akhtarul. Education of Indian Muslims a study of the All-India Muslim Educational Conference (1886-1947). New Delhi: Press Asia International, 1978.

Welch, Stuart Cary, Sheila R. Canby, and Norah M. Titley. Wonders of the age: masterpieces of early Safavid painting, 1501-1576. Cambridge: Fogg Art Museum, 1979.

Welch, Stuart Cary. The emperors' album: images of Mughal India. New York: Abrams, 1987.

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