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Lot 32: A beautiful 1916 antiquarian book set of Tagore's works

Fine Art, Design & Lifestyle (SALE 0013)

Platinum House

by Bid & Hammer

December 9, 2012

Bangalore, India

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Description: A beautiful 1916 antiquarian boo k
set of Tagore's works (with one
volume signed by Tagore himself)
THE GARDENER
THE HUNGRY STONES and Other Stories
GITANJALI: Song Offerings
CHITRA: A Play in One Act
SADHANA: The Realisation of Life
FRUIT GATHERING
SONGS OF KABIR
THE CRESCENT MOON: Child-Poems
THE POST OFFICE
THE KING OF THE DARK CHAMBER
8 x 5.50 in (each)

Notes: Complete 10 volume set of the Bolpur edition
of Tagore's works (New York: The Macmillan
Company, 1916).
The Post Office has been signed by Tagore himself,
beneath several lines of verse he has written on
the half-title: "The bud waits / for the breath of
Spring / to claim its Sacrifice." Signed and dated,
"Rabindranath Tagore / 20th March 1929". Items
signed by Tagore are uncommon on the market,
but the length of this inscription renders it even
more unusual. 'Gitanjali' and 'The Gardener'
also have one or two discreet inscriptions from
previous owners.
The Bolpur edition remains the most beautiful
edition of Tagore's works ever produced,
published in celebration of his visit to America
in 1916. So named after Tagore's famous school
in West Bengal, the set features an unusual
patterned binding chosen by Tagore himself
with his initials in monogram on the cover. Each
volume contains a frontispiece portrait of Tagore
with the title page printed in a blue decorative
border.
The present set also features the first English
edition of two of Tagore's works: Hungry Stones
and Other Stories and Fruit Gathering (a sequel to
the celebrated Gitanjali).
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