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Envoy to the Middle World: Adventures in Diplomacy
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Envoy to the Middle World: Adventures in Diplomacy

By George McGhee; Dean Rusk (Foreword)

New York: Harper & Row. Hardcover. 1983. First Edition (stated) / full number line. Inscribed on the half-title page by the author: "To Herman Cohen: A bit of ancient history from the first Assistant Secretary of African Affairs to the newest. George McGhee 4/30/90". A Very Good- book in a Very Good- jacket. Other than the inscription, interior is unmarked. Spine is straight and tight. Dust stains to edges. Bottom corners bumped. Rubbing and edgewear to jacket. Jacket spine faded. 457 pages. Foreword by Dean Rusk.

$14.95

An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth
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An Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth

By Mahatma Gandhi

New York: Dover Publications. Trade Paperback. June 1983. Very Good+. Interior unmarked. Spine straight and tight with reading creases. Light edgewear. Not from a library. No remainder mark. x+468 pages. Gandhi's nonviolent protest movement, Satyagraha (satya = true, agraha = firmness), came to stand, like its creator, as a moral principle and a rallying cry. This is Gandhi's story of the path to his vision of Satyagraha and human dignity. Gandhi made scrupulous truth-telling a religion. His simply narrated account of boyhood in Gujarat, marriage at age 13, legal studies in England, and growing desire for purity and reform has the force of a man extreme in all things. He details his gradual conversion to vegetarianism and ahimsa (non-violence) and the state of celibacy (brahmacharya, self-restraint) that became one of his more arduous spiritual trials. In the political realm he outlines the beginning of Satyagraha in South Africa and India, with accounts of the first Indian fasts and protests, his initial errors and misgivings, his jailings, and continued cordial dealings with the British overlords.

$8.45

A Son of the Circus
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A Son of the Circus

By John Irving

New York: Random House. Hardcover. 1994. First Trade Edition (stated). Second printing per number line. Very Good book in a Near Fine jacket. Foxing to endpapers and top edge. Prior owner's name on front free endpaper, otherwise interior unmarked. Spine straight and tight. Light edgewear and rubbing to jacket. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipping. 633 pages. A Hindi film star...an American missionary...twins separated at birth...a dwarf chauffeur...a serial killer...all are on a collision course. They are misfits--coming from everywhere, belonging nowhere.

$8.45

The Hero\'s Walk
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The Hero's Walk

By Anita Rau Badami

Toronto: Vintage Canada. March 13, 2001. Paperback. 2nd printing. Near Fine. Mild reading wear to corners, otherwise As New. Not from a library. No remainder mark. No tears, no creases, no folds. 359 pp.

$9.45

South Indian Customs
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South Indian Customs

By P. V. Jagadisa Ayyar

New Delhi: Asian Educational Services. 2001. Hardcover. Fourth AES Reprint. Fine. Pictorial cover. No jacket as published. Light shelfwear to cover. Interior is pristine. Facsimile of Madras: Diocesan Press, 1925 edition. xii+169 pp.

$19.95

The Gift of a Daughter: Encounters with Victims of Dowry
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The Gift of a Daughter: Encounters with Victims of Dowry

By Subhadra Bhutalia

New Delhi: Penguin Books India. 2002. Trade Paperback. First Edition. First printing / full number line. As New. Inventory number and stamp from IBH Books & Magazines, Chennai on last page. A quarter of a century ago, Subhadra Butalia looked out from her bedroom window and saw a young woman being burned to death for not bringing enough dowry. In this book, Butalia writes of the ways in which society conspires to silence thousands of innocent young women each year, driving them to horrific deaths or lifelong servitude.

$11.95

Veerappan: India\'s Most Wanted Man
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Veerappan: India's Most Wanted Man

By Sunaad Raghuram

New York: HarperCollins / Ecco. 2002. Hardcover. First U.S. Edition / full number line. Fine book in a Very Good jacket. Quarter-inch tear to jacket by the top of the rear hinge. Interior is unmarked. Spine is straight and tight. Cover is clean and bright. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. xviii+284 pp. Journalist Raghuram conveys the complexities of rural Indian society in his debut, a sprawling tale of the country's notorious bandit king, with a bounty of four million rupees on his head. Born in 1952 in the poverty-stricken region of Karnataka, Veerappan turned to crime as a teenager and rapidly established himself as a ruthless gangster and smuggler of ivory and sandalwood. In a vicious battle of wills with police, the bandit constructed sophisticated lethal ambushes, while the police tortured and summarily executed Veerappan's henchmen and even detained his wife. Veerappan then escalated the war, abandoning poaching for ransom kidnapping. Beginning with forest rangers, Veerappan progressed to more prominent victims, culminating in his 2000 snatch of the revered, aging film actor Rajkumar in return for whom he made surprisingly political demands, becoming suddenly the political messiah of the Tamil masses, which resulted in legal and political upheaval. Veerappan's saga strikingly resembles those of other gangsters, from Al Capone to the Chinese Triads, as in Veerappan's largesse toward impoverished locals in exchange for covert support. Raghuram's elaborately detailed account becomes somewhat overwhelming with its large cast of cops, gangsters, family members and luckless bystanders and numerous violent encounters, schemes and wilderness treks. Still, it's never dull, and it conveys an important story of contemporary India with descriptive flavor and attention to such social ambiguities as the hatred of police and admiration of the bandits.

$8.95

Traces of India: Photography, Architecture, and the Politics of Representation, 1850-1900
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Traces of India: Photography, Architecture, and the Politics of Representation, 1850-1900

By Maria Antonella Pelizzari; Julia Ballerini; Stephen Bann; Partha Chatterjee; Janet Dewan; Nicholas B. Dirks; John Falconer; Tapati Guha Thakurta; Narayani Gupta; Peter H. Hoffenberg; Thomas R. Metcalf; Christopher Pinney; Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Montréal & New Haven: Canadian Centre for Architecture & Yale Center for British Art. July 23, 2003. Hardcover. Fine book in a Near Fine jacket. Spine is square and tight. Interior is pristine. Cover is clean and bright, but shows minor shelfwear. See photos. Seems unread. Suitable for gifting. 28 x 25 cm. 344 pages with 110 color and 73 black & white illustrations. 4.5 pounds: extra charge for expedited, express, or international shipping. Traces of India depicts the social, political, and anthropological role that photographs of Indian architecture played in the late 19th century, laying the historical foundations—real and imagined—on which an ordered empire might be constructed. The book explores some of the great architectural sites of the Indian subcontinent from Mughal, Jain, and Sikh monuments in the north to Hindu temples of South Asia and Buddhist monuments in central India through a selection of 19th century photographs along with a selection of images from popular culture, such as postcards, posters, political ephemera, calendar art, clips of Bollywood films, and religious imagery. The book includes such masterpieces as Felice Beato's views of the Taj Mahal, the Golden Temple, and monuments in the city of Lucknow, John Murray's three-plate panorama of the 17th century Pearl Mosque in the Agra fort, and a 21-plate panorama by Linnaeus Tripe recording an inscription that runs along the base of the 11th century Rajarajesvara temple. Beyond the apparent purposes of these images as picturesque views or records of an architectural past, deeper considerations influenced the way the image makers worked, selecting, framing, composing, and populating their representations of these monuments. These images remain enduring records of their makers' minds. This book is an investigation of that deeper visual culture, showing us how 'simple' images of buildings are in fact complex artifacts of the cultural and political forces shaping colonial India. The dozen contributors to the book, from post-colonial theorists to museum curators, examine the connections between photography and architecture through the visual culture of colonialism. This publication accompanied an exhibition of the same name, held in 2003-2004 at the Canadian Center for Architecture and the Yale Center for British Art. It won the Alcuin Society Award for Excellence in Book Design in Canada, category Prose Non-Fiction Illustrated, and the Historians of British Art Book Prize, category multi-authored/edited volume. Edited by Maria Antonella Pelizzari. Essays by Julia Ballerini, Stephen Bann, Partha Chatterjee, Janet Dewan, Nicholas B. Dirks, John Falconer, Tapati Guha Thakurta, Narayani Gupta, Peter H. Hoffenberg, Thomas R. Metcalf, Christopher Pinney, and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. Illustrated with 183 photographs, many rare or little known, the book offers an appealing and fresh view of colonial images as seen through postcolonial eyes. The volume also includes an extensive bibliography of literature of 19th century photography in South Asia.

$57.95

White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India
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White Mughals: Love and Betrayal in Eighteenth-Century India

By William Dalrymple

New Delhi: Penguin Books India / Viking. 2002. Hardcover. First Edition (stated) / full number line. Very Good book in a Very Good jacket. Interior is unmarked. Spine is straight. Cover is clean but shows shelfwear. Not ex-library. No remainder mark. Not clipped. No tears, no creases. 580 pages. Wolfson History Prize (2003). From the early sixteenth century, it was common for British colonizers in India to embarrass the Crown by "turning Turk" or "going native." Few caused greater scandal than James Kirkpatrick, a British resident in the Court of Hyderabad, who converted to Islam and spied on the East India Company in the midst of an affair with Khair un-Nissa, the great-niece of the region's prime minister. White Moguls is rich with many eccentric characters, from "Hindoo Stuart," who traveled with his own team of Brahmins, to Alexander Gardner, an American whose self-invented costume was showcased by a tartan turban with egret plumes. A remarkable love story set in an exotic and previously unexplored world, White Moguls is full of secrets, intrigue, espionage, and religious disputes and conjures all the resonance of a great nineteenth-century novel.

$14.95

Madras: The Architectural Heritage (An INTACH Guide)
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Madras: The Architectural Heritage (An INTACH Guide)

By K. Kalpana, Frank Schiffer

Chennai, India: Indian National Trust For Art And Cultural Heritage, Tamil Nadu Chapter, 2003. Trade Paperback. First edition (stated). Slight bump at top of spine, otherwise pristine inside and out. Several Indian cities that were born as a result of colonization served as showcases of the power of the colonizer, manifest in huge buildings, wide roads, large green parks and other infrastructure. Their architecture, though early on a pure model of established Classical and other European styles, eventually gave way to a refined combination of strong local traditions. Madras, one of the first major seats of the British, is one such town that has grown rapidly, but unfortunately at the stake of its heritage. Its vast architectural wealth, including the fine examples of the Indo-Saracenic style - that was a marriage between the Hindu and the Islamic styles - is fast vanishing. The richly illustrated volume offers an insight into what remains of this wealth, in the hope of kindling a fresh interest in its upkeep. The chapters have been so arranged and introduced to give a clear picture of how the city grew, from its majestic beginnings at the fort to the southern suburb of Adyar. The suggested walks cover a varied and substantial numbers of buildings and take one through the life of the area. Debates on he future of heritage planning and the history of built form and open spaces have been included an essays. While on the landmark buildings we have detailed descriptions substantiated by drawings, care has also been taken to introduce briefly, residential and other smaller buildings that play an equally important role in lending character to an area. With close to 1000 photographs, every chapter has been laid out differently to capture the unique experiences of each locality.

$149.00

Basic Tamil Dictionary, English-Tamil / Tamil-English
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Basic Tamil Dictionary, English-Tamil / Tamil-English

By M. Lockwood

Very Good. Spine is square and tight, but creased, interior is pristine, cover shows shelfwear. Aṭippaṭait Tamil̲ akarati, Ankilam-Tamil̲ / Tamil̲-Ankilam. Handy pocket dictionary with both Tamil script and Roman transliteration. 32mo. 176 + 99 pages.

$13.95

Miscellaneous Works of Lord Macaulay; Edited by his Sister, Lady Trevelyan;  In Five Volumes; Vol. IV.
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Miscellaneous Works of Lord Macaulay; Edited by his Sister, Lady Trevelyan; In Five Volumes; Vol. IV.

By Thomas Babington Macaulay; Lord Macaulay; Hannah More Macaulay Trevelyan

New York: Harper & Brothers. 1880. Hardcover. Fair / Reading copy. Original three-quarter calf over marbled boards with raised-edge spine with gold lettering and dual spine labels. Marbled endpapers. Marbled edges. Front cover loose, front free endpaper detached, rear cover missing. Aside from the covers, binding is tight, square, and secure. Interior is lightly tanned, but unmarked. Leather and labels dried and chipped/flaking. Corners bumped and worn. Edges worn. 6.25 x 8.5 inches. 669 pages, not illustrated.

$9.95

The Travels of Ibn Baṭṭūṭa, A.D. 1325-1354, Volume V: Index to Volumes I-IV (Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, Second Series, 190)
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The Travels of Ibn Baṭṭūṭa, A.D. 1325-1354, Volume V: Index to Volumes I-IV (Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, Second Series, 190)

By A. D. H. Bivar

London: Hakluyt Society. October 28, 2000. Hardcover. First Edition. (Works issued by the Hakluyt Society, Second Series, 190). pp. x + 153. Near Fine book in a Very Good jacket. Binding is square and tight. Interior is pristine. Rubbing and mild edgewear to jacket. Mild foxing on top closed edge. Not from a library. No remainder mark. Not price-clipped. Suitable for a gift. The completion of a five-volume set whose earlier volumes were published in 1958, 1962, 1971, and 1994. This fifth volume is an extensive index which covers all four previous volumes. Over the course of thirty years, Ibn Battuta visited North Africa, the Horn of Africa, West Africa, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, China, and south, central, and southeast Asia. Almost everything that is known of the life and personality of Ibn Battuta is derived from his own narrative of his travels. That narrative has been made accessible by this four decade long Hakluyt Society project.

$13.90

India Infrastructure Report 2003: Public Expenditure Allocation and Accountability
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India Infrastructure Report 2003: Public Expenditure Allocation and Accountability

By 3iNetwork; Infrastructure Development Finance Company; Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad; Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur

Oxford University Press. 2003. Paperback. Very Good. Binding is square and tight. Interior is pristine. Not from a library. 348 pages. This report focuses on regulation and industry structure and spells out an agenda of reform and privatization to improve the infrastructure's effectiveness, targeting, and efficiency.

$15.25

Out of God\'s Oven: Travels in a Fractured Land
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Out of God's Oven: Travels in a Fractured Land

By Dom Moraes; Sarayu Srivatsa

New Delhi: Penguin Books. 2002. Hardcover. First Edition / Full number line. As New book in a Very Good jacket that shows minor rubbing/shelfwear. 387 pages. Suitable as a gift. On India's social problems; based on the author's travels.

$19.95

The Elephant Paradigm: India Wrestles with Change
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The Elephant Paradigm: India Wrestles with Change

By Gurcharan Das

New Delhi: Penguin Books. 2002. Trade Paperback. 1st Edition / Full number line. Fine. 301 pages. A collection of essays about an ancient civilization's reawakening to the spirit and potential of its youth. The essays range over subjects as varied as panchayati raj, national competitiveness, and the sacred and philosophical concerns of the average Indian consequent to India's entry into the age of liberation. While India may never roar ahead like the Asian tigers, Das argues, it will advance like a wise elephant, moving steadily and surely, pausing occasionally to reflect on its past and to enjoy the journey. Divided into three sections, the book first establishes a context for the changes that have occurred, and then assesses how Indians have changed or not changed in their public and private lives. As he sweeps over the major political, social and economic developments, he does not forget to examine the individual beliefs and aspirations that underpin the process.

$5.75

Madras that is Chennai, Queen of the Coromandel
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Madras that is Chennai, Queen of the Coromandel

By S. Muthiah

Mumbai: Business Publications. 2000. Hardcover. Very Good/Fine. Spine is square and tight. Inscription on title page, otherwise interior is pristine. Cover is clean and crisp. 128 pages.

$31.95

Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300
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Early India: From the Origins to AD 1300

By Romila Thapar

London: Allen Lane. 2002. Hardcover. First Edition. As New. 592 pages. This work brings to life thousands of years of history, tracing India's evolution before contact with modern Europe was established: its prehistoric beginnings; the great cities of the Indus civilization; the emergence of mighty dynasties such as the Mauryas, Guptas, and Cholas; the teachings of the Buddha; the creation of heroic epics such as the Mahabharata and the Ramayana; and the creation of regional cultures. Thapar introduces figures from the remarkable visionary ruler Ashoka to other less exemplary figures. In exploring subjects as diverse as marriage, class, art, erotica, and astronomy, Thapar provides an incomparably vivid and nuanced picture of India. Above all, she shows the rich mosaic of diverse kingdoms, landscapes, languages, and beliefs.

$49.95

The Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India
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The Raj: The Making and Unmaking of British India

By Lawrence James

New York: St. Martin's Press. December 1998. Hardcover. Good book in a Very Good jacket. Interior is unmarked. Spine is lightly cracked at the front hinge. Some foxing on top closed edge. Cover is clean and bright but lightly worn along the top edge and slightly frayed at the top rear corner. Not from a library, not a remainder, not clipped. A nice reading copy. 722 pages.

$9.95

The Smile of Murugan: A South Indian Journey
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The Smile of Murugan: A South Indian Journey

By Michael Wood

London: John Murray Publishers Ltd. 2002. Paperback. Very Good. Spine is square and tight. Interior is unmarked, but pages are lightly tanned. Cover is clean and crisp. Suitable for gifting. 253 pages. Some time in the future you will come back here to Chindambaram and you will make a pilgrimage, said the astrologer to Michael Wood as they sat in a small airless house in Tamil Nadu. It is the most important thing you will do. Four years later Michael found himself on a pilgrim bus heading southwards on a journey of more than a thousand miles through the temples and holy shrines of Southern India. The bone-shaking bus, its aisle crammed with passengers on folding chairs and its video showing glimpses of old films through a blaring snowstorm of white static, would transport him into another world and time where the rituals at the spiritual heart of India are still observed as they were a thousand years ago, existing side by side with all the trappings of the modern world. As his many admirers know, Michael Wood is the perfect traveling companion, eyes and ears wide open, knowledgeable yet eager to learn. His touching and humorous account of this inner and outer journey captures both the life-enhancing spirit of Hinduism and the essence of India itself.

$9.95

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