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A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY. Marriage Ceremonies and Priapic Rites in India and the East

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A MEMBER OF THE ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY. Marriage Ceremonies and Priapic Rites in India and the East

75.00 100.00

(NP): Printed for Private Circulation Only. 1909.

Presumed first edition. Hardcover. 8vo. 107 pages. Quarter black leather over green boards. Gilt titles (Rites and Ceremonies) and borders to spine. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. Printed on thick paper.

Paper at front inner hinge is split in places but does not affect binding which is strong and secure. Light foxing to some preliminaries and to page edges. A handsome and very presentable volume of this scarce work. A very good to near fine copy. 

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An odd little monograph on the customs of wedlock and rituals involved mainly in relation to Hinduism. Detailed discussions of the different types of women which are suitable for marriage and sexual relations, a section on courtesans (Devadasis), the arts of love, the many types of union, proper times for the ritual of coitus, a synopsis of the passions (kalas) and more. A fascinating study.