1948. Hind Kitabs, Ltd, Bombay. Hardback. FIRST edition. Book-in original publishers light beige boards with gilt titles on spine and front. Cover stained and spine ends worn. Edges and corners worn. Hinge cracked and some pages loose but present. There are reproductions of Indian art: these include forty-one illustrations of sculptures and twenty-one of paintings, two of which are full colour and tissue protected. 355pp in main text + b/w plates(41) + 10 pages of guide to plates + illustrations of paintings (19) + 14 page index. Mukerjee, Radhakamal, 1889-1968. The author, who was professor of economics and sociology at Lucknow University, India, regarded art as an important means of intercultural understanding and urged that art forms be included in any study of the history of civilization or of comparative culture. This work by Radhakamal Mukerjee was written and published in 1948). As implied by the title, the major argument of this book is that art is intimately related to social values. This is a very rare first edition of this book as I could not find another anywhere on the internet although it is referred to quite regularly.
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