Mumbai: Oxford University Press, 1996. Hardcover. This is the Twelfth Revised and Enlarged Centenary Edition, celebrating the centenary of Dr. Ali's birth. The previous edition was published in 1979, with reissues up to 1992. This edition was expanded to cover 538 species, compared to the 296 covered in the Eleventh Edition. Contains 64 plates. This edition is scarce in the United States. Octavo. Dark gray cloth cover with gilt title to spine. Illustrated dust jacket in light blue with black title to spine panel. Pages are bright and clean. Dust jacket shows some wear to top and bottom edges, with an Indian price tag on back panel. 354 pages, including index. NAT/061322. Near Fine / Very Good.
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South Asia Program, Cornell Univeristy, 1984. Paperback. SCARCE. Second Printing. Beige illustrated paper wrappers with black title to front wrapper and to spine. Spine faded to white. Minor edgewear to spine ends and corners. Light creasing to spine. Interior is clean and bright. 251 pages. IND/112918. Very Good+.
Tokyo: Kyodo Printing Co., 1937. Hardcover. SCARCE. 8vo. Light blue/green cloth covered boards with gilt title to front board and to spine. Minor fading to spine and edges of boards. Light soiling to exterior. Previous owner's stamp to front paste down. A few small spots of residue from something that was once pasted to front and rear paste downs. Small spot of soiling to rear paste down. Light browning to end papers. Japanese characters written in pencil to title page. Else is clean and bright and filled with photographic illustrations throughout. 248 pages + index. IND/053019. Very Good.
Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Harvard University Press, 1953. Hardcover. Very Good blue cloth covered boards with gilt lettering on spine. Light rubbing boards and light bumping to corners and spine ends. Pencil underlining and margin notes to pages 184-266. Else is clean and bright. Index, 454 pages. India. IND/1283. Very Good.
Freeville, NY: Carol Schwartzott, 2021. Hardcover. Number 3 of 25 copies signed and numbered by the book artist. A collection of seven love poems originally from the book "India's Love Lyrics" compiled and translated by Laurence Hope. It includes the original illustrations that have been reworked from Carol's earlier book, "King Zada's Song" (1995). The interior of the book "follows a simple flutter style / accordian format, with each of the six hand-cut arched windows folding out to create tiny theaters displaying illustrations reminiscent of classic Indian miniatures" (artist statement). Bound in paper covered boards with title label to front cover. Digitally printed on Mohawk Superfine Vellum with additions of hand coloring. Housed in a handmade box covered in a variety of papers with title label to spine panel. In fine condition. Measures 3 x 2 inches in a box that is 4.25 x 2.5 inches. Unpaginated. [46 pages.] ARTISTSB/122121. Fine.
London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1832. Hardcover. English soldier and author, Captain Thomas Skinner (? - 1843) was stationed in India near the base of the Himalaya Mountains during the mid-1820s. During this time he explored many little known areas and quickly became enamoured of the country. He published this personal and romanticized book of his travels in India based on the diaries and letters he kept while stationed there. Several years later he published a companion book about his journey on land to India. Bound in three quarter dark blue leather over marbled paper covered boards with gilt decoration, title and volume labels to spines. The volume label of the first volume is missing as is the title label for the second volume. Chipping and some loss to the remaining two labels. The front hinges of both volumes are starting; although the boards remain firmly attached. Rubbing to boards, spine bands, hinges, and edges of boards. Bumping and wear to corners with boards exposed. Chipping to paper covering the boards of the first volume. Includes both engraved frontispieces. Foxing to frontispieces and to early and late pages. Minor soiling to endpapers, but the interiors are clean and bright overall. Creasing to some corners of pages. Ex-library with evidence of removed bookplates to front pastedowns, stamps to title pages, and discreet stamps to both frontispieces. Volume I is 330 pages; Volume II is 312 pages. TRA/091322. Very Good.
Calcutta: G.H. Huttmann, Military Orphan Press, 1836. Hardcover. First edition. Sir William Henry "Thuggee" Sleeman (1788 - 1856) sailed to India to work for the East India Company early in life. He fought in the Gorkha War, remained in India, and joined a British campaign to investigate and prosecute "the Thugs" in Central India. "The Thugs" were a group of people notorious for befriending travelers, then robbing and murdering them. Sleeman spent most of his military career studying and apprehending thugs. This book collects correspondence between Sleeman and various informants, depositions, accounts of crimes committed and arrests, observations about the Thugs, lists of Thug families, and a list of Thug vocabulary with definitions. Bound in blue cloth covered boards. Professionally rebacked using the original spine and boards. Spine has faded to tan and boards are dark blue. Original paper title label to spine. Some soiling and rubbing to spine and boards. Wear and fraying to corners and edges of boards. Light dampstain to top and bottom margins of some pages. Sporadic foxing and occasional pencil markings. Includes three fold-out genealogies, some with short closed tears. 270 pages plus 514 pages of appendices. IND/070722. Very Good.
Dehli and Calcutta: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, The Publications Division, Government of India, (1958). Hardcover. SCARCE. Very good plus tan cloth boards with red title to front board and to spine. Minor bumping to corners and spine ends. In brilliantly illustrated dust jacket with chips at spine ends and right corner and closed tear to front hinge that has been repaired. Interior is clean and bright. 28 pages of plates, many in color; maps, notes, 43+ pages. A nice book. India. INDIA/2053. Very Good + / Very Good.
(2013). Paperback. "This innovative handbook offers 23 state-of-the-art peer-reviewed essays by leading international authorities. They summarize evidence-based research on ancient and modern India ... Hindu India topics include: beef eating, astrology, rituals, sacraments, pilgrimages, guilt-free pursuit of wealth and pleasures, caste system's huge costs and benefits in nurturing entrepreneurship, charity, Hindu Law, gender issues, overpopulation problem, yoga for business management and human capital growth." (rear cover). Dark blue paper wrappers with white title to spine and front panels. Clean. 613 pages. INDIA/070820. Very Good.
Baroda: Padmaja Publications, (1946). First Edition. Hardcover. SCARCE. Small 8vo. Grey paper coverd boards with black title to front board and to spine. Small spot of browning to front board and to spine. Minor browning to end pages. Else is clean and bright. Green and blue dust jacket with green and white title to front panel and green title to faded spine panel. Wear to dust jacket includes minor creasing, fading, and chipping to edges, small wax stain to front and spine panels that corresponds to the stain on the boards, and minor rubbing to the front and rear panels. 68 pages. IND/092319. Very Good / Very Good.