Edition limited to 1500 sets (this, no. 320), 10 volumes, large 8vo, original decorative gray cloth stamped in gilt on covers and spines, t.e.g.; volume IX with a small snag in the spine, but generally this is a fine set. The Katha Sarit Sagara is a famous 11-century Sanskrit collection of Indian legends, fairy tales and folk tales as retold by a Saivite Brahmin named Somadeva. Nothing is known about the author other than that his father's name was Ramadevabatta. The work was compiled for the entertainment of the queen Suryamati, wife of king Anantadeva of Kashmir.
Near fine. Complete set of 10 volumes, one of 1500 sets printed. Unlike the general run, however, this set is signed by Norman Penzer on the limitation page of Volume I. Royal 8vo, uniformly bound in black cloth decorated in gilt on spine and boards, top edge gilt, textured endpapers. A very near fine set, with a few lightly bumped corners and mild dust soiling to the gilt on the top edges. All volumes internally clean and tight. An eleventh-century collection of Indian legends, fairy tales and folk tales called the Kath sarits gara. Tawney's translation, first published in 1880-84, was the first complete translation in English. Penzer's edition is greatly expanded with detailed notes and commentary.
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