Fergusson, James. The Illustrated Handbook of Architecture: Being a concise and popular account of the different Styles of Architecture prevailing in all Ages and Countries (two volume set); With 850 Illustrations on Wood. London: John Murray, 1855. First Edition.
Two volume set, recent half morocco bindings with green and blue marbled boards, new headband and end papers. 6 x 9 inches, lvii., (iii.), 470; (iii.), 473-1004 clean and unmarked pp. 32-pp. publisher's catalogue at the end of vol. i. dated January, 1856. Vol. ii. includes an index to the whole. Fine. Half morocco. 
A superb set of this gloriously illustrated work.
James Fergusson (1808-1886), b. Ayr, Scotland; d. London. Fergusson set up a successful mercantile business in Calcutta, and the circa 1844 sale of his indigo factory left him financially independent. His years in India awakened an interest in ancient architecture, and after his resettlement in London he began to study further and published several valuable works on the subject. He received the gold medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1871, and participated as adviser on several prominent public projects in England, including the design of the Royal Albert Hall.