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A Handbook to Agra and the Taj, Sikandra, Fatehpur-Sikri and the neighbourhood

Mirza Firuz Shah

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Subject:

History

Subclass:

Timured/Mughal

Subject Era:

Babur II 1881-1920

Author:

Ernest Binfield Havell (1861-1934)

Volume:

-

Edition:

-

Year:

1861

Publisher and Place:

Longmans, Green & Co., London - 1904

Languages:

English

ISBN 10|13:

978-0530857213

Royal Mughal Ref:

ARC-1000001-2390

Publisher date:

1904

Description

This little book is not intended for a history or archaeological treatise, but to assist those who visit, or have visited, Agra, to an intelligent understanding of one of the greatest epochs of Agra India. In the historical part of it, I have omitted unimportant names and dates, and only attempted to give such a sketch of the personality of the greatest of the Great Moguls, and of the times in which they lived, as is necessary for an appreciation of the wonderful monuments they left behind them. India is the only part of the British Empire where art is still a living reality, a portion of the people's spiritual possessions. We, in our ignorance and affectation of superiority, make efforts to improve it with Western ideas ; but, so far, have only succeeded in doing it incalculable harm. It would be wiser if we would first attempt to understand it.
Among many works to which I owe valuable information, I should name especially Erskine's translation of Babar's " Memoirs ; " Muhammad Latif's "Agra, Historical and Descriptive ; " and Edmund Smith's " Fatehpur-Sikri." My acknowledgments are due to Babu Abanindro Nath Tagore, Mr. A. Polwhele, Executive Engineer, Agra, and to Mr. J. H. Marshall, Director-General of the Archaeological Survey of India, for kind assistance rendered. I am particularly indebted to Messrs. Johnston and Hoffman, of Calcutta, for allowing me to make use of their valuable collection of photographs for the illustrations.
In quoting from "Bernier's Travels," I have used Constable's translation, with Messrs. A Constable & Co.'s kind permission. To the Editor of the Nineteenth Century and After I owe permission to make use of my article on "The Taj and its Designers," published in that Review, June, 1903.

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Mohmedd shareef

Thank You for Suggestion and replaced image with proper one.

Mirza Firuz

This is not the same may be one of his great grand children ???

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