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The Love Teachings of Kama Sutra: With Extracts from Koka Shastra
The Love Teachings of Kama Sutra: With Extracts from Koka Shastra
The Love Teachings of Kama Sutra: With Extracts from Koka Shastra
The Love Teachings of Kama Sutra: With Extracts from Koka Shastra
The Love Teachings of Kama Sutra: With Extracts from Koka Shastra

The Love Teachings of Kama Sutra: With Extracts from Koka Shastra, Ananga Ranga and Other Famous Indian Works on Love - Vatsyayana

London: Spring Books, 1980, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Just a hint of fading to the spine of the dust wrapper with a little age-toning to the verso and light rubbing to the tips of both panels and the head of the spine. Text complete, clean and tight but with a hint of age-toning to the margins.

Includes: Colour plates; Colour frontispiece; Glossary;

From the cover: “This beautiful book is an essential companion for today’s lovers. Utterly frank in its attitude to sex and without obscurities of expression or context, Vatsyayana’s work is shown to be as enriching and as delightful as it appeared to the courtiers of almost two thousand years ago.

Kama Sutra is the world’s classic study of the arts of love, written in about the third century AD by the mysterious sage Vatsyayana. He analyses, with the detached wisdom of old age, the possibilities of lovemaking from the first approaches to the consummation, from the sexual positions to the arrangement of furniture and the role of a go-between. His dry wit, charm and vivid language combine to give the book a relevance far beyond the perfumed world of ancient India that it describes, and create of it a humane masterpiece that contains no hint of obscenity.

Kama Sutra has only been known in the English language in a nineteenth-century translation by Sir Richard Burton. The present work is an entirely new translation made for a modern public; a public which, with Vatsyayana, understands far more clearly than did Burtons contemporaries the importance of physical pleasure to spiritual welfare. To enable the reader to appreciate the mood of ancient Indian society-the essential context without which the works more intimate details have little meaning-the text has been illustrated throughout by Indian miniatures. Some show scenes of village or palace life, others are explicitly erotic.

This refreshingly readable translation brings to life a book which is as relevant today as it was when it first appeared.”


Size: 12" x 8½". Brown boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 192 pages.
£29.00
The Love Teachings of Kama Sutra: With Extracts from Koka Shastra