RICE, Stanley, Tales from the Mahabharata, ill. Fank C. Papé, London, Selwyn & Blountm 1924.
(215 x 140 mm) 125 pp. Colored frontispiece, 4 black and white full page illustrations. Brown cloth binding; DJ lacking. Overall VERY GOOD condition.
The bookplate of Lord Reading, 32, Gurzon Street, Mayfair, W. Is affixed to the front pastedown of this originally Sanskrit epics which form one of the bases of Hinduism. What makes this particularly interesting is that this appears to have been the personal copy of Rufus Daniel Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading— Lord Chief Justice of England, Viceroy of India, and Foreign Secretary. Moreover, he was the first Jewish Lord Chief Justice and marquess. He served his political pisitions as a Liberal and recieved some vitriol from Rudyard Kipling in his poem, “Gehazi.” He rose to the post of Viceroy of India under the insistance of the Government of India Act, which sought to involve more Indians in the governing of their country.
He died in 1935 in Mayfair, London.
This is an interesting opportunity to own a peice of the convergance of Jewish, Indian, and British history.