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THE MOONSTONE., Collins, Wilkie.
1 Collins, Wilkie. THE MOONSTONE.
London Collins Clear-Type Press Full-Leather Very Good A. Pearse. 
664 pp , 16mo (6 1/8" H), thin burgundy leather over card covers/spine - gold lettering and decoration on spine, top edge gilt, ribbon bookmark. Burgundy endpapers, sepiatone plates, including frontispiece, decorated title page. **No slipcase or dust jacket.** A will, leaving a sacred diamond sacked from a temple in India to 18-year-old Rachel Verinder, leads to theft, recriminations, suicide and murder before Franklin Blake, with the assistance of Sergeant Cuff, uncovers the truth. 1936 gift inscription in ink on verso of frontispiece, browning and some tiny foxing marks on fore-edge and bottom of text block, very light edge wear to covers. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
A PORTRAIT OF THE HINDUS:  BALTHAZAR SOLVYNS & THE EUROPEAN IMAGE OF INDIA 1760-1824., Hardgrave, Robert L., Jr.
2 Hardgrave, Robert L., Jr. A PORTRAIT OF THE HINDUS: BALTHAZAR SOLVYNS & THE EUROPEAN IMAGE OF INDIA 1760-1824.
New York Oxford University Press 2004 0195220412 / 9780195220414 Hard Cover Near Fine Very Good+ Francois Balthazar Solvyns. 
568 pp, 12 1/8" H. 79 colour and 285 b&w illustrations. "The Flemish artist Francois Balthazar Solvyns (1760-1824) is little known, but his series of etchings of the Hindus provides a rich and compelling portrait of India two hundred years ago. With commitment to faithful representation and with the sensi-bilities of an astutely observant artist, Solvyns portrays the people of India in their occupations, festi-vals and cultural life with immediacy and sympathy. Solvyns' life is itself fascinating, and his portrayal of India constitutes an unrivalled visual account of the people of Bengal in the late eighteenth century." Contents: Francois Balthazar Solvyns Life and Work: Acknowledgements; Introduction; From Antewerp to Calcutta: A Flemish Artist in India; Return to Europe: Les Hindous; Balthazar Solvyns, Artist and Orientalist; Les Hindous: Preliminary Discourse. A Portrait of the Hindus: Solvyn's Calcutta; Castes and Occupations; Dresses of Hindu Men and Hindu Women; Servants of the European Household in Calcutta; Fakirs and Religious Mendicants; Musical Instruments; Festivals and Ceremonies; Sati; Modes of Smoking, &c.; Modes of Conveyance; Boats of Bengal; Natural History: Plants and Animals; Indian Heads; Appendix I. Solvyns in Libraries; Bibliography; Index & Glossary. Minor 2" wrinkle in cloth on front board, wrinkle in front pastedown. Dust jackat has minor wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, some light color offset fron boards on inside surface. 
Price: 95.00 USD
 
 
BIRDS OF A DIFFERENT PLUMAGE: A STUDY OF BRITISH-INDIAN RELATIONS FROM AKBAR TO CURZON., Mudford, Peter.
3 Mudford, Peter. BIRDS OF A DIFFERENT PLUMAGE: A STUDY OF BRITISH-INDIAN RELATIONS FROM AKBAR TO CURZON.
London Collins 1974 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good 
314 pp, 8vo (8 3/4" H). B&w plates, maps. "(N)ot intended as a 'history' of British India, but as the study of a relationship and the way of life that grew from it. The story begins nearly four hundred years ago, on 5th April 1584, when the first three Englishmen - prisoners in neighbouring Portuguese Goa - escaped across the border into India. It ends with the Imperial climax - the Viceroyalty of Lord Curzon - at the start of the long struggle which led to Independence in 1947. The cast includes the very famous, from Clive, Hastings and Burke to Kipling and Rabindranath Tagore, but also the less well known, the diarists, explorers and travellers, who recorded their impressions of a land understandably strange and dangerous - ." Light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, minor edge wear, small shallow bump at top edge of front board, fianr erased pencil marks on free front endpaper. Dust jacket is price clipped, has light to moderate edge wear/wrinkling at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, a few tiny chips, one tiny closed tear, small ghost sticker mark on front flap, very small stain at bottom edge of front panel, fading to spine color. 
Price: 17.50 USD
 
 
4 Schofield, Victoria. KASHMIR IN THE CROSSFIRE.
London I.B. Tauris 1996 1860640362 / 9781860640360 Hard Cover Very Good Very Good- 
354 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). B&w maps. "Given the location of the state of Jammu and Kashmir on the borders of China and Central Asia, the isurgency in the valley threatens the stability of a region of great strategic importance, challenging the integrity of the Indian union and creating potentially disastrous tensions between India and Pakistan which may yet escalate into a greater regional conflict. (This book offers a) very readable, carefully documented but highly accessible account of the origins, development and implications of this contentious issue. Beginning with the early history of the independent kingdom of Kashmir, Schofield traces the origins of the modern state in the 19th century, including the controversial 'sale' by the British of a predominantly Muslim Kashmir to a Hindu ruler in 1846. She examines the implications for the people when in 1947 the Maharaja came to choose between joining Muslim Pakistan and secular, yet majority Hindu, India and shows why both neighbouring countries continue to argue over the status of Jammu and Kashmir which, according to recommendations passed by the UN, was to be determined by the will of the people. Drawing upon research in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, India, Pakistan, and a range of historical sources, Schofield analyses critically the actions of the key players who, throughout its history, have contributed to the current militarization of the valley. And with the help of numerous interviews she takes into account the hopes and fears of all the interested parties - who are themselves divided, not only by their linguistic and cultural traditions, but also in their objectives." Very light wrinkling at top/bottom of spine, remainder mark on bottom of text block. Dust jacket has light edge wrinkling, very light edge wear, several small indentationd on front and rear panels, three small edge tears archivally taped, very light rubbing. 
Price: 22.50 USD
 
 
THE FIVE SONS OF KING PANDU:  THE STORY OF THE MAHABHARATA., Seeger, Elizabeth, adapted by.  From the English translation of Kisari Mohan Ganguli.
5 Seeger, Elizabeth, adapted by. From the English translation of Kisari Mohan Ganguli. THE FIVE SONS OF KING PANDU: THE STORY OF THE MAHABHARATA.
New York William R. Scott 1967 Hard Cover Good Fair Gordon Laite. 
340 pp, large 8vo (9 3/8" H). Vivid colour plates. "(O)ne of the greatest hero tales of the world. It is not only an exciting epic of adventure and chivalry equal to 'King Arthur', 'The Song of Roland', or the 'Illiad', but it is an unending source of spiritual strength to Hindus throughout the world. All the most vital Indian traditions - religious, social, philosophical, historical and political - are found in it and are still significant in India today. Each of the five heroes in the story is clearly and very individually drawn; each possesses godlike strengths as well as human frailties. All possess the capacity to feel deeply. They are born, they live and die in a society that is chivalric in its characteristics. It is a society in which the art of war is highly developed, and military skills are held in high esteem. One of the greatest classical battles ever described in literature climaxes the Mahabharata. But the battle itself, however heroic, only serves further to illustrate the noble theme of the epic: that hatred and greed inevitably lead to ruin and that the only real conquest lies in winning the battle against oneself." A few soft wrinkles to preliminary pages, two large creases on title page, very small light stain on content page, two very small areas of discoloration on front board, browning and some dis-coloration on edges of text block, some moderate soiling on bottom edge of boards and text block. Dust jacket has heavy edge wear/creases, small chips at top/bottom of spine and flap-folds, small edge tears, light rubbing, small area of surface paper loss on front panel, light edge browning, protected in a mylar sleeve. 
Price: 25.00 USD
 


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