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ANANGA-RANGA or, The Hindu Art of Love (1885) by F.F. Arbuthnot and Richard F. Burton (in full vellum)

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ANANGA-RANGA or, The Hindu Art of Love (1885) by F.F. Arbuthnot and Richard F. Burton (in full vellum)

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ARBUTHNOT, F. F. & BURTON, Richard Francis.

Ananga-Ranga (Stage of the Bodiless One) or, The Hindu Art of Love (Ars Amoris Indica) Translated from the Sanskrit and Annotated

Cosmopoli: Kama Shastra Society, 1885. Third edition. Hardcover. Octavo. Bound in full vellum with gilt title and date to spine. Appendices and index. 144pp. Black and white charts and tables.

Rubbing and browning to vellum. Small red mark to back cover. Some light spotting, a few roughly opened pages. Binding is strong and secure. A very good copy overall of this scarce edition.

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The first printing of this Burton translation was issued in 1873 in an edition of only 6 copies (for private circulation) under the title “Kama Shastra”. A second issue was done in 1877. It was published again in 1885 in three separate issues under the new title of “Ananga Ranga”. The second of the 1885 issues (the one here offered) has a misprint on page xiii, at the end of the postscript to the preface. It reads: “A.F.F & B.F.W.” instead of “A.F.F. & B.F.R.”. These initials, as on the title page are the reversed initials of both authors. The work here translated is from an Indian manual of erotic love from the 12th century. It is very similar to the more famous “Kama Sutra” and could practically be considered a companion volume, even though there is some overlap between the two works. There are two appendices, the first concerns Astrology in connection with marriage. The second is on the Rasayana, or the preparation of metals for medicinal purposes.