first edition of this work, being profusely illustrated, was found to be beyond the reach
of the ordinary reader. The illustrations and line drawings of that edition are of great
value to the student of History, Archaeology and Architecture, but by reason of the high
price, the book had become inaccessible to many. It was, therefore, decided to
publish this popular edition and to include it in the Book University, more for the
value of the subject-matter, rather than the worth of the book.
21st June 1952 K. M. MUNSHI