Bhartrihari Says (Signed copy)
A rare first edition, signed by illustrator Zabelle C Boyajian
First edition, first printing. Hardback in dustwrapper. 22 × 14cm, xiii + 93pp.
This copy has been signed and dedicated by Zabelle Boyajian to the title page to a family member.
From the dustwrapper, "Bhartrihari lived about the middle of the first century B.C. It is said that he spent a rather wild youth, but afterwards took to the life of an ascetic and gained renown as a writer. The poems here printed, most of them for the first time in English, are full of wit and wisdom, while charming pictures of love and nature alternate with a philosophical outlook on life, and profound thoughts on the Deity, Karma, and the immortality of the soul. Miss Zabelle C Boyajian has made eight attractive illustrations, four being reproduced in collotype and four being in colour and gold; they are all infused with the Indian spirit."
The book itself is in good condition, there is some fading to the spine ends, and light scattered foxing throughout. The inner binding is secure but pulled a little in places. The dustwrapper is in poor shape, with closed tears and loss to the spine ends, as well as comprehensive creasing and rubbing. However, this is bow within a protective sleeve.