New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1954. Emil Antonucci (jacket design). Book Club Edition. Hardcover. Used - Good/Very Good. Marble paper boards with maroon cloth spine; gilt lettering on spine and red/gilt design and title on front board; small stain on front board. Some wear to corners. Binding tight and square. Prior wwner's Chinese name on FFE. Clean and unmarked. Some toning from age. 14 x 20 cm. 276 pp. / Fair. Considerable wear with some open tears. Toned. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #9527
The Ramayana is an ancient Sanskrit epic which follows Prince Rama's quest to rescue his beloved wife Sita from the clutches of Ravana with the help of an army of monkeys. It is traditionally attributed to the authorship of the sage Valmiki and dated to around 500 BCE to 100 BCE.
Comprising 24,000 verses in seven cantos, the epic contains the teachings of the very ancient Hindu sages. One of the most important literary works of ancient India, it has greatly influenced art and culture in the Indian subcontinent and South East Asia, with versions of the story also appearing in the Buddhist canon from a very early date.
This is a retelling of the classic folk tale by Aubrey Menen, written in modern prose.