London: Putnam, 1954. Book. Very Good. Late printing 190,[ii]pp. 12mo180cm. Paper, light wear, otherwise clean, tight and very good. Kamala Markandaya (1924-2004) the pen name of Kamala Purnaiya Taylor was born in Bangalore, India and died in England.This was her first book and was cited as a Notable Book by the American Library Association in 1955. It is a gripping tale..
New Delhi: India Book House Private Ltd, 1976. Book. Fine. Soft cover. Later printing (1969). [vi], 232, [iv] pp, Preface by Rahul Singh, author's son. 12mo/18cm. Paper, light wear, internally fine. VG. A selection of fifteen articles from the prodigious output of this icon of Indian literature. His weedend column , "With Malice Towards One and All", in the Hindustan Times of which he served as Editor, is one of the most popular of the day..
London: Futura Publications Limited, 1978. Book. Good. Soft cover. Reprint (1934). 255pp. 12mo/18cm. Card stock wrappers, light wear and fading at edge, internally clean and tight. A group of fifty three letters supposedly written over the course of a lifetime by an Indian judge educated in England and the wife of an English colonel whom he met at a party. Published anonymously in the 1930s, they have been sometimes considered to have been written by the "English Gentlewoman" now known to have been the English novelist, Dorothy Black..
Simla: Indian Institute of Advanced Study, 1968. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. Transactions of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Volume 5. First Edition. viii, 443pp, seminar inauguration speech, papers presented, discussion, list of participants, index. Tall 8vo/24.5cm. Original blue cloth, spine light soil, shelf wear only, in slightly rubbed dj chipped at spine ends, internally clean, tight and very good. The fifth such seminar with nearly forty writers including Mulk Raj Anand, Sajjad Zaheer and Sisirkumar Ghose. Colloquial languages are well represented, e.g., poetry in Hindi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sindhi and Urdu. The Preface is by the IIAS Director, Niharranjan Ray..
London: New India Publishing Company Ltd, 1946. Book. Fine. Hardcover. First Edition. 193, [ii] pp, Editors Introduction, sixteen short stories, , Notes on Contributors, acknowledgements. 8vo/21.5cm. Decorated brown cloth gilt in slightly chipped and edgeworn dj, dealer stamp of Hind Kitabs Ltd/Bombay on title page, otherwise internally fine. VG+/Fair. A selection of the short writings of some of the leading pre-Partition India writers including Tagore, Sarat Chandra Chatterjee, Prem Chand, Raja Rao, Saadat Hussain Minto, Ahmed Ali, R.K. Narayan, Ismat Chugtai, Subramaniam, J.K. Shukla, Attia Habibullah, K. Ahmed Abbas, Raja Ratnam, Tarashankar Bannerjee and the two editors..
Ferozepur Cantt: Bawa Publishing Hse,, 1961. Book. VG. Hardcover. 96 pp. 12mo/19cm. Original cloth, shelf wear only, in lightly soiled dj, presentation inscription on ffep "Presented to Ctr Antioch CG/Antioch Inn/April 14, 1964/"[signature not legible--probably the author's(?)] o/w VG. A collection of critical essays dealing with representative trends in Punjabi literature. Harbans Singh (1921- ) was Principal of Government College, Muktsar at the time of writing. He authored a number of other works on Sikhism referenced in the Tatla and Talbot bibliography on the Panjab..
Bombay: Jaico Publishing House, 1956. Book. Good. Soft cover. First Indian paperback edition (1898 and 1905). 137 + [vii] ads pp. 12mo/16.5cm. Illustrated paperback, slightly rubbed, text lightly browned, stamp of New Delhi dealer on ffep. Two Indian love stories. The author, Francis William Bain (1863-1940) was an American long resident in India who often based his stories on Indian and Hindu mythology, as in these stories..
London: Methuen and Co., 1910. Book. Good. Hardcover. Third Edition. 87pp, frontis illustration. 16mo/17.5cm. Cloth backed boards, rubbed, slightly stained, front hinge cracking, otherwise internally clean and tight. Uncut. Francis William Bain (1863-1940 was an American author long resident in India who often based his stories on Indian and Hindu mythology..
Windsor, Ontario: University of Windsor Library, 1972. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. 62pp, author's introduction, bibliography, addendum, appendix, reprints of two short articles on Indian bibliography by the author. 8vo/22cm. Printed yellow card-stock wrappers, light soil, internally clean, tight and very good. Copies appear scarce..
London: Eveleigh Nash Company, 1916. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. First British Edition (1915 Garden City). xii, 204pp, nearly fifty monochrome illustrations from photographs, index. Tall 8vo/24.5cm. Red cloth gilt, lettering dulled, light spotting, signature of previous owner on ffep (T.G. Rappoport/Yenan...../Burmah/October 1916), occasional foxing, otherwise clean, tight and very good. A lively account of a Kipling-lover's travels through India on the track of the people, places and things mentioned in his works. The picture captions are full and literarature-specific. Arley Munson (1871-ca.1915) was an American woman missionary doctor who spent a number of years in India during which collecting Kiplingiana was her avocation. The British edition is scarce for unknown reasons..
New Delhi: Ghalib Academy, 1969. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. A booklet, a pamphlet, a 2-page stapled list and 2 copies of the membership application. The booklet welcoming Dr Hussain, President of India, consists of 6 pages in card stock printed wrappers, 8vo/23cm in size, the 2-page address printed in English, Hindi and Urdu; the 14-page pamphlet Guide to the Art Gallery, Museum and Library is 12mo/17cm in size and includes a list of publications of the newly founded Ghalib Academy; the List of 17 Nobel Laureates, Academicians and Orientalists who had agreed to become Honorary Members of the Academy includes the names of A.J. Arberry, W. Mongomery Watt, Wilfred Cantwell Smith, Alessandro Bausani, Annemarie Schimmel and Philip K. Hitti and is 4to/26.5cm in size; the membership application form is 4to/25cm in size. The occasion for the distribution of these ephemeral materials was the inauguration of the first building of the Academy on Nizamuddin, New Delhi, February 22, 1969. All four items are in very good condition, only the Welcome Address has a little light soil. Mirza Asadu'llah Khan Ghalib (1797-1869) was considered the greatest Indian Muslim poet of the nineteenth century. Scarce..
Bombay, Calcutta, Madras: Blackie and Son (India) Limited, 1942. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. [vii], 193pp. 12mo/17.5cm. Grey cloth, lightly rubbed, Delhi dealer stamp on ffep, otherwise internally clean, tight and very good. A selection of stories about India mainly by well known European authors intended for use as readings in intermediate university courses..
Lucknow: Printed at Sardar Press, 1968. Book. Good. Soft cover. First Edition. 148 +[ii]pp, drawings, 9 articles, 8 short stories, many poems, index. 8vo/22cm. Printed card wrappers, light soil, short closed tears spine ends, internally clean and tight..
Bombay: Jaico Publishing House, 1957. Book. Good. Soft cover. First Edition. 139 + [v] list pp. 16mo/16cm. Semi-stiff pictorial wrappers with contemporary photo of Singh on back panel, lightly rubbed, internally beginning brown but otherwise clean and tight. Stories by one of India's best-known and prolific authors, and arguably its most popular. Known as "the feisty sardar" he has had multiple careers as a lawyer, professor, diplomat, politician and journalist-columnist and is still writing at 90. This edition scarce..
London & New York: George Allen and Unwin Ltd/P.E.N. Books, 1943. Book. Fine. Soft cover. First Edition. 46pp. 12mo/18.5cm. Decorated stiff paper covered boards, light soil and wear, internally fine..
Bombay: Popular Prakashan, 1970. Book. Good. Hardcover. First Edition. xi, 92pp, Foreword, biographic appreciation by Ali Sardar Jafri, excerpts from Ghalib's letters, Ghalib's poetry. Black cloth, almost no wear but one corner bumped, closed split back pastedown, in edgeworn and slightly soiled dj with few closed splits, internally fine except for "Complimentary copy" stamp on ffep. Mirza Asadullah Khan (1797-1869), given the poetic name or 'takhallus' of Ghalib was one of the great Urdu poets and has been compared to Iqbal. Jafri was an Urdu poet and critic; Miss Hyder, who translated the letters and poems, was an Urdu novelist and short story writer. Rafiq Zakaria was President of the Ghalib Yadgar Committee..
Bombay & Calcutta: Jaico Publishing House, 1949. Book. Very Good. Soft cover. First printing (March 1949). xxiiv, 229pp, publisher's message, encomiums from Gandhi, Nehru, O.W. Holmes, et al, Message of The Light of Asia by K.D. Sethna, Glossary. 16mo/16.5cm. Decorated card-stock wrappers, light soil and wear, stamp of Tariq Book Stall, Karachi on ffep, text pages a little browned toward edges, otherwise clean, tight and very good. The Light of Asia is a poetic version of the life of Sakyamuni, the Buddha, and is the best known of Arnold's works. His translation of the Gita Govinda or Song of Govinda, the story of Krishna and the cowgirl Radha, was composed in the 12th century by Jayadeva of Puri, Orissa. Sir Edwin Arnold (1832-1904) was an English poet and journalist whose interest in things Indian was sparked by his seven years as Principal of the Government Sanskrit College, Poona from 1857 to 1864 When he returned to England, he remained on the staff of The Daily Telegraph for forty years eventually becoming its Editor-in-Chief..