The Kama Sutra Of Vatsyayana by Richard Burton hits the £1 shelf in my shop.
George Allen & Unwin, 1963, Hardback in dust wrapper.
4th impression. [First Edition: 1963]
From the cover: The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana, a Sanskrit book of about the third century a. d. , has for long been honoured in India as the earliest Indian treatise on the science and art of sex and love. It describes social customs in early India, analyses sexual techniques and comments on the many different situations in which men and women of the day might find themselves involved and how best these should be dealt with. Its purpose is to discover in what ways happiness and enjoyment can be best achieved. While sharing the Indian attitude to love as an ecstatic experience, it assumes that sexual happiness is founded on scientific knowledge and to this end it provides a series of chapters based on the practical experience of sex. In this respect it is a forerunner of the marriage guidance books of today. The Kama Sutra underlies all later Indian writings on love including Sanskrit love poetry and is a classic contribution to Indian culture.
The present English text is the Richard Burton translation, first printed in London in 1883 but hitherto not generally available. The Preface by Mr W. G. Archer, O. B. E. , Keeper Emeritus, Indian Section, Victoria and Albert Museum, discusses the circumstances in which the translation was made, its place in Western studies of Indian culture and the respective roles of Sir Richard Burton and his friend, Forster Fitzgerald Arbuthnot. Sardar K. M. Panikkar, Vice-Chancellor, Kashmir University, explains in his Introduction how the Kama Sutra is valued and appreciated in India.
Introduction by: K. M. Panikkar
Very Good in Good Dust Wrapper. Unlaminated dust wrapper a little edgeworn and faded. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. Pages lightly age-tanned.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.
296 pages. 8¾” x 5¾”.
This book will be listed, sooner or later, for £6.50 on my delightful website… (added to my Self Help Sex category.) but get 50% off buying from my blog… below…