Title: Myths of the Hindus & Buddhists
Author: Sister Nivedita (Margaret E Noble), Ananda K Coomaraswamy, Abanindro Nath Tagore (illus)
Publisher: George Harrap & Co, date unknown. Research reveals the printing date to be no later than 1932. Rare.
Condition: Hardcover, cloth. Some wear as expected, fading to spine. Interior is in very good condition.
A very interesting book written by two very important personalities in early 20th century India. Scarce.
In this book the authors included and narrated some myths and stories from ancient Hindu and Buddhist literature. The book includes a good number of water colour illustrations which were created under the supervision of Abanindranath Tagore.
The myths and stories of this book include–
- Mythology of the Indo-Aryan Race
- Other stories from Puranas, epics and Vedas
Ananda Kentish Coomaraswamy (1877 − 1947) was a Ceylonese philosopher and metaphysician, as well as a pioneering historian and philosopher of Indian art, particularly art history and symbolism, and an early interpreter of Indian culture to the West. In particular, he is described as “the groundbreaking theorist who was largely responsible for introducing ancient Indian art to the West.”
About Sister Nivedita:
Sister Nivedita, born Margaret Elizabeth Noble (1867 – 1911) was a Scots-Irish social worker, author, teacher and a disciple of Swami Vivekananda. She remains one of the most influential woman figures of colonial-era India, and was instrumental in introducing Hindu religious ideas to the West from a devotional standpoint. In 1968 Indian Government issued a postal 4.06 x 2.28 cms stamp in her memory.